Internet entrepreneur Drew Curtis filed the paperwork to run for governor of Kentucky. Not a professional politician, Curtis is considered an outsider in a race that’s largely seen as a fight between Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Jack Conway. Curtis will run as an Independent. The founder of the Internet aggregator Fark.com as well as Frankfort’s first big Internet Service Provider, Curtis is the son of a lawyer who worked in the Public Defender’s Office.
The experience of going to work with his father as a boy triggered Curtis’ interest in public service, an interest redoubled by the problems he sees in Kentucky’s current governance. The Drew Curtis Kentucky platform would center on rescuing the Kentucky pension system (which he says is facing an apocalypse), getting broadband access to rural areas, improving infrastructure, and removing Kentucky from the clutches of a rapacious coal industry. Drew is running as part of a gubernatorial team with his wife, Heather Curtis, who is the COO of most of the Curtis family enterprises. As Lieutenant Governor, Heather Curtis would be essentially the COO of Kentucky. Importantly, Drew Curtis also makes beer.