There will likely be at least three candidates on the U.S. Senate ballot in next year's election.
Owensboro contractor Ed Marksberry has decided to run as an independent instead of in the Deomocratic primary.
Marksberry ran an unsuccessful campaign for Congress last year as a Democrat and says he got very little help from the state and national Democratic Party. He says he's discovered both major parties are guilty of being controlled by special interests.
Marksberry filed a lawsuit against the Kentucky Democratic Party after it endorsed Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes in the Senate primary, saying that violated party precedent and bylaws. He didn't see the suit going anywhere anytime soon, so he decided to go the independent route.
He says running as an independent allows him to be himself and to not be beholden to any group or party.
Candidates must obtain 5,000 signatures to get their name on the statewide ballot to run as an independent and Marksberry says he has begun that process.