The Edmond Sun

April 9, 2014

Hundreds file for office Wednesday

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

OKLA. CITY — A swarm of 419 candidates for federal, legislative and judicial offices filed for office Wednesday at the Oklahoma State Election Board, said Bryan Dean, election board spokesman.

Wednesday’s filings by candidates at the state Capitol were the most on the first day statewide campaign filing in Oklahoma since 2000, he said. Candidate filings for 2014 statewide elections is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday at the state Capitol.

“The previous high number was 415 in 2006,” Dean said.

The stage is heated for two U.S. Senate races as well as a new Congressman to represent Oklahoma’s 5th District. County races are also up for grabs.

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin, 59, filed for re-election, noting that hundreds of millions of dollars have been saved during her first term as governor. She has prioritized spending and eliminated government waste, she said.

“We’ve gotten our economy back on track by pursuing common sense, conservative reforms,” Fallin said. “Our unemployment rate has fallen from 7 percent to 5 percent and our per capita income growth ranks second in the nation…”

Fallin will face Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman, 43, of Rush Springs, who also filed for governor Wednesday with a mission to get rid of overcrowded classrooms, eliminate unnecessary high-stakes testing and fully fund remediation programs, Dorman said.

Teachers should be rewarded with a good salary and a pension for their hard work, he said.

“Mary Fallin’s one-size-fits-all education system with national standards and red tape, while at the same time slashing budgets does not work for Oklahomans,” Dorman said.

Independent candidate Richard Prawdzienski, 66, of Edmond also filed Wednesday for governor.

“All persons have the inherent right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and the enjoyment of the gains of their own industry,” Prawdzienski said. “I will work to keep the government out of your bedroom and out of your wallet. I believe the government does not own the citizen; citizens are not pawns of the economy.”

The race for Lieutenant Governor officially includes 42-year-old incumbent Lieutenant Gov. Todd Lamb, R-Edmond; and Democrat Cathy Cummings, 52, of the Village.

Republican Attorney General Scott Pruitt, 45, of Tulsa also filed for re-election, saying Oklahomans elected him to restore the proper balance between the state and federal governments. He was joined by Insurance Commissioner John Doak, who filed for re-election to a second term. Both Pruitt and Doak have been staunch opponents of the Affordable Care Act.

Other candidates for state office include Republican incumbent state Treasurer Ken Miller, 47, Edmond; incumbent Republican state Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones, 59, Cache.

Incumbent Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi, 62, of Oklahoma City was the only Republican to file for superintendent. Democrats who filed include Jack Herron, 68, Norman; and John Cox, 50, Hulbert.

Republican incumbent Commissioner of Labor Mark Costello, 58, Edmond, filed for re-election.

In the Corporation Commission race, Republican Cliff Brannan, 52, Oklahoma City filed for office. Others who filed for state office include Republican state Sen. A.J. Griffin, Guthrie; state Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie; state Rep. Marion Cooksey, 70, Edmond; state Rep. Randy McDaniel, 46, Edmond; and state Rep. Lewis Moore, 55, Edmond.

Oklahoma City Republican Gregory Brown, 59, filed in the District 82 race being vacated by state Rep. Mike Turner who is running for Congress. Oklahoma City Republican Adam Pugh has announced his candidacy and is expected to file for District 82 this week.



Race heats up for Congressional 5th District

So far, Republican contenders who have filed for the Congressional 5th District are former state Sen. Steve Russell, 50, of Oklahoma City; state Rep. Mike Turner, 27, Edmond; Harvey Sparks 37, Oklahoma City; and state Sen. Clark Jolley, 43, Edmond. Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas is expected to file this week.

“I’m running because after hearing everybody announce, it became clear there was no across-the-board conservative, let alone someone who is an active conservative who has continued to fight on behalf of taxpayers,” Turner said.

Jolley said Washington, D.C. needs Oklahoma common sense solutions.

 “We’ve got to make sure we’re balancing out budget — something Oklahoma is required to do,” Jolley said.

Independent Buddy Ray, 70, of Edmond also filed for the 5th District race.

Democrats who filed for the 5th District this week include former University of Central Oklahoma professor Tom Guild, 60, of Edmond; and state Sen. Al McAffrey, 65, Oklahoma City. Retired federal contractor Keith Davenport and Marilyn Rainwater, a former state employee, are expected to file this week.

“Oklahomans are concerned about quality education, but they’ve had no voice in Washington,” said Guild, who filed Wednesday. “Oklahomans want to preserve and protect Social Security and Medicare, but they’ve seen the very existence of those programs threatened.

For United States Senator, Republican incumbent Jim Inhofe, 70, of Tulsa filed. Other Republicans who will face Inhofe in the primary election so far include Jean McBride-Samuels, 59, Jenks; and Erick Wyatt, 35, Norman. Wyatt said he is running for U.S. Senate to be a voice of the people.

Independent candidate Ray Woods, 78, of Fairview also filed for U.S. Senate. Democrat: Matt Silverstein, Bixby, has announced his intention to file this week for U.S. Senate.

Official candidates for United States Senator (unexpired term) so far include Democrat Connie Johnson, 61, Oklahoma City; and Republicans Jason Weger, 31, Norman; Kevin Crow, 46, Chickasha; and Eric McCray, 33, Tulsa.



FOR A complete list of 2014 candidates for federal, legislative and judicial offices, go to http://www.ok.gov/elections/Candidates_&_Elections/2014-CandidateFiling.html