Independent Gubernatorial Candidates Gathering Signatures

If you didn't vote in the primaries, now you can make your signature count. Two independent candidates for Texas Governor, Carole Keeton Strayhorn and Kinky Friedman, are gathering signatures to get their name on the ballot. The requirement is 45,540 signatures and they have until May 11th to do it.

Kinky Friedman's Smith County campaign kicked off today at Timeless Books and Music in Tyler. More than 150 people stopped by the booth to sign their name on the petition. Many walked away with a Kinky T-hirt, stickers and posters. Campaign members say they had a bigger turn out than they expected.

"I don't know if it's because of Kinky, or that it is someone doing something besides what the status quo has always been, but Kinky has such a huge personality and he's such a character a lot of people support him because of that," said Smith County organizer Kristi Morgan Turner. "He is an author, musician, an animal advocate, an UT alumni and a cigar smoker. He's got something about him that appeals to a lot of people."

If you'd like to sign the petition you can tomorrow night from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Kinky Headquarters. That's located at 3322 East 5th Street in Tyler. Signing the petition does not commit you to vote for Kinky. It will help get his name on the ballot.

Molly Reuter reporting,