OKLA. CITY —
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.
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