A Democrat who tried to run as a Republican says he'll be on the November ballot as an independent. Marshall County presiding Circuit Judge Howard Hawk switched from the Democratic Party to the GOP in December of 2010. But within a month the Marshall County Republican Party Executive Committee voted to ask Hawk to stay with the Democrats. Earlier this year, the state GOP went along with the committee and took Hawk off the ballot as a Republican. Since then, Hawk said he's collected more than five-thousand signatures to be placed on the ballot as an independent. Only 774 signatures are actually needed.