The Edmond Sun

Local News

January 20, 2014

UPDATE: Lankford to seek Coburn's Senate seat

Jolley, Douglas consider bids for 5th District

EDMOND — Republican Congressman James Lankford announced his candidacy Monday for the U.S. Senate.

Lankford hopes to fill the term being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn, who announced last week that he will retire early after the current session. Coburn announced earlier this year that he is battling a reoccurrence of cancer.

“There are things that you can do in the Senate with both the staff structure and the schedule to be able to accomplish more than what you can accomplish in the House,” Lankford told The Edmond Sun. “The frustration with the House is that we can continue to beat on the issues, but we need to solve some of these issues.”

Voters have elected Lankford, R-Edmond, to Congress in 2010 and returned him to office in 2012. His influence rose quickly in the Republican ranks. Lankford is chairman of the Republican Policy Committee and is an outspoken member of the House budget committee.

“The Senate is the most contentious body in our government today,” Lankford stated on his Facebook page. “Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats continue to divide America for political gain. The problems that we face as a nation will not be solved by yelling louder, they will be resolved when we put forward clear conservative solutions that the American people overwhelmingly support.”

State House Speaker T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, and U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, are also considering a run for Senate, according to the Associated Press.

Gov. Mary Fallin, who has said she is not going to run for the Senate seat, already has called for a special election to fill Coburn’s position. The election dates will coincide with the 2014 mid-term election dates, meaning that both of Oklahoma’s Senate seats will be on the ballot at the same time. Sen. Jim Inhofe announced his re-election effort earlier this year.

As of the most recent campaign finance reporting date in September, Lankford had $450,000 in cash that could be used to kickstart his Senate bid. The next report is due out next week.

Lankford said the $17 trillion national debt and the $680 billion deficit are the two biggest issues facing future generations.

“If we can’t get that resolved, a lot of things will fade away,” Lankford said. “We have to deal with debt.”

Lankford’s announcement has sparked political shuffling to fill the Congressional 5th District. Democrat Tom Guild is running a grass roots campaign for the 5th District seat. This is the retired University of Central Oklahoma professor’s third campaign for the seat.

“As to Mr. Lankford, I think he has really done at best a mediocre job and not a very good job in representing people in the 5th District,” Guild said Monday. “He has been way too extreme with social issues and his voting record has been anti-middle class.”

Guild said he wishes Lankford the best and hopes the congressman will begin to do something beneficial for Oklahomans.

State Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, is a possible contender for the 5th District race, although he was waiting for an official announcement Monday by Lankford, he told The Edmond Sun.

“My family and I have known this opportunity may present itself for the past several weeks,” Jolley said. “We’ve been talking about it … We’ll announce a decision about what we’re going to do after James has gotten the chance to have his day. He deserves that.”

Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas, R-Edmond, told The Sun that she would make an announcement sometime Tuesday.

“Yes, I’m considering a race for the 5th District,” Douglas wrote in an email.

ABC News reports that state Sen. Steve Russell, R-Oklahoma City, and state Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore, also are considering a run for 5th District.

Lankford has scheduled a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday on the campus of Metro Technology Center, 1901 Springlake Drive, Oklahoma City.

Candidate filing for 2014 statewide elections is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 9-11, at the state Capital. Voters will nominate their party’s candidates on June 24 for the statewide primary election.

A run-off primary election is set for Aug. 26. The general election is scheduled for Nov. 4.

jcoburn@edmondsun.com | 341-2121

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Oak Tree Official offers glowing update on Senior Open

    An official who has been in charge of tournaments since 2001 said the 2014 U.S. Senior Open is probably the best city event partnership he has seen.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Edmond soldier settles in housing benefits case

    U.S. Attorney Sanford C. Coats said Thursday a U.S. Army reserve soldier from Edmond has agreed to pay the government $20,000 to settle civil claims related to obtaining fraudulent housing benefits.

    April 17, 2014

  • Stevenson 1 Oklahoman returns home focused on pro-gay agenda

    Troy Stevenson remembers the day when football players discovered him and his boyfriend holding hands behind an Edmond high school. After they had been chased off school property, Stevenson, called to check on his boyfriend.
    “He was in hysterics,” Stevenson said. “… Like me, I thought he was scared. Did people see us? What would people think?”

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Lawn Experts’ tips can help your lawn bounce back

    Chances are your lawn is looking a bit bedraggled after this rough winter.
    That’s not surprising. Between brutally cold temperatures and drying winds, turf took a beating this year.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gracelawn grows larger

    The Edmond City Council voted 5-0 in favor of the city purchasing 20.5 acres of land immediately to the north of Gracelawn Cemetery. Purchasing the property is needed for future expansion of the cemetery, Mayor Charles Lamb, said.
    Gracelawn Cemetery is owned and operated by the city and is located on the northwest corner of Danforth and Boulevard.

    April 17, 2014

  • Warmth needed to grow tomatoes

    The time for those growing tomatoes in their garden is when the soil temperature is above 60°F and fear of frost has past. We are generally safe from frosts after April 5.  However, frosts have occurred as late as May 1 in the Oklahoma City area. If you planted your tomatoes on or before April 5 last year you would have covered them several times as there were several late frosts. If you plant early, be ready to cover your plants during nighttime frosts.

    April 17, 2014

  • Debate Senate hopefuls meet in first debate

     Accountability to the American people and the $17.5 trillion debt continues to be a major issue in the race for U.S. Senate office being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn.
    The Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee hosted a debate Wednesday for three of the seven Republicans running for the U.S. Senate seat that is being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Oklahoma City FC invites fans to design club scarf

    Oklahoma’s top-tier soccer club, Oklahoma City FC, invites soccer fanatics across Oklahoma to be a part of its future by designing its scarf.
    Scarves are a tradition among soccer clubs and are typically a team’s most recognizable accessory. Scarves are a matter of pride for hard-core supporters and feature team colors, logo and inspiring slogans. Scarves are a part of a team’s identity.

    April 16, 2014

  • MS_injection well.jpg Agency clarifies earthquake-related misinformation

    A state agency says misinformation related to the debate about the cause of more earthquakes across Central Oklahoma includes oil well types, well numbers and injection pressure.
    The Prague sequence of 2011 along the Wilzetta Fault zone included a significant foreshock, a main shock of magnitude 5.7 and numerous aftershocks. It has been suggested that this sequence represents tremors triggered by fluid injection.
    More recently, earthquakes have been recorded in the vicinity of Jones, Arcadia Lake, Edmond, Guthrie, Langston and Crescent. Regulators and scientists are working together to better understand what’s causing all the shaking.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sheriff seeks items for agency history project

    If you have historic pictures or artifacts related to the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, the agency is asking the public to share them.
    “The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office is working on a history project. If you, your family, friends or acquaintances have any old photos or artifacts related to the OCSO we would love to have them or a digital copy,” said Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel.

    April 16, 2014

Featured Ads
NDN Video
Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Don't Be A Tattletale: Bad Bullying Tips For Students Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday The trillest thoughts on marijuana "RHOA" Star Charged With Battery Grizzly Bears Get Snowy Birthday Party Weatherman draws forecast when another technical glitch strikes WGN Elizabeth Olsen's Sexy Shoot Bay Area Teen Gets Prom Date With Help From 'Breaking Bad' Star Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 1 WATCH: Women Fight To Marry Prince Harry! Jenny McCarthy Engaged to "New Kid" Kate and Will Land in Oz O’Reilly Launches Preemptive Strike Against CBS Pixar Unveils Easter Eggs From its Biggest Movies Baby Sloths Squeak for Their Cuddle Partners in Adorable Video
Poll

Do you agree with a state budget proposal that takes some funds away from road and bridge projects to ramp up education funding by $29.85 million per year until schools are receiving $600 million more a year than they are now? In years in which 1 percent revenue growth does not occur in the general fund, the transfer would not take place.

Agree
Disagree
Undecided
     View Results