LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Gatewood Galbraith was an iconic political figure in Kentucky for many years, until his death in 2012.
Galbraith ran for Governor five times, but was never able to gain enough votes to win an election. Now, a Pulaski County man is trying to honor Galbraith’s legacy. Terrill Newman legally changed his name Tuesday, then filed on Wednesday to run for Governor as an Independent.
"My name now is legally Gatewood G-a-t-e-w-o-o-d Galbraith G-a-l-b-r-a-i-t-h Parentheses Newman N-e-w-m-a-n-n close parenthesis,” Galraith (Newman) explained.
Galbraith (Newman) said he was looking at the upcoming election candidates and thought something...or someone was missing.
“So I got the very insane idea of taking his name and running a very small campaign,” Galbraith (Newman) said.
Galbraith (Newman) said the whole purpose is to honor the late Galbraith, a man known for his stance on legalizing marijuana.
"I'm not looking at winning but I do hope to spark the interest that Gatewood generated, not I,” Galbraith (Newman) said.
"We have to take his word for it and assume he's actually doing this honorably. I think a lot of the outcry has been oh he's trying ot confuse people at the ballot to win. it doesn't sound like that's what he's trying to do and so I'm willing to take his word for it,” Drew Curtis said.
Curtis is currently the only other Independent running for Kentucky Governor and said he welcomes any non-politician who chooses to run against him. Curtis said he’s not threatened by Newman’s tactic of changing his name.
“Somebody did say if that succeeds, I should change my name to John Calipari next year and run for the Senate,” Curtis said.
Newman, who said he has ran twice for Mayor in Lexington, said he will return back to his original birth name after the election.
Independent candidates must have 5,000 signatures from registered voters by August 11th to get their names on the general ballot.