Adam Pugh said he might have to buy a new pair of walking shoes as he continues his door-to-door campaigning for the Senate District 41 primary runoff election Aug. 23.
Pugh, a former U.S. Air Force Captain, won the majority of Edmond votes cast in Tuesday’s primary election. Of the 24 Edmond precincts listed in Senate District 41, Pugh received 2,902 of ballots cast.
“I’m taking today off to spend some time with my family,” Pugh said Wednesday afternoon. “I will spend the next two months campaigning with the same vigor that I have the last seven months.”
Pastor Paul Blair received 2,569 votes cast in Edmond while mental health advocate Jeff Tallent ended the night with 253 votes, according Oklahoma State Election Board figures.
“Our campaign has enough votes to continue forward in a runoff election,” Blair said. “Thank you to all our amazing volunteers that have worked so hard over the past several weeks. This would not be possible without you. Let’s continue moving forward and finish this campaign strong.”
With all 28 precincts reporting in District 41, Pugh received 3,423 votes for 49.89 percent of the electorate, to Blair who ended the night with a close 3,106 votes for 45.27 percent, according to the election board.
“Obviously I’m incredibly thankful that No. 1 — people gravitated toward my campaign — that they have coalesced around a vision and leadership message I have spent the last year articulating,” Pugh said.
Pugh said he is grateful for the support he has received. For those who did not support him Tuesday, he hopes they will consider him in the primary runoff election.
He and his wife were probably the only two people supporting his candidacy when he started my campaign, said the 38-year-old strategic aerospace consultant.
Pugh believes in the necessity of going to the Oklahoma State Capitol “to get stuff done,” he said. His is a story of what hard work can accomplish, he said. That still matters to people, Pugh added.
“That is what my campaign has represented and that is what my time in the legislature will be representative of,” Pugh said.
Many people today feel disenfranchised with politicians and the political process, Pugh said. He hopes his enthusiasm for conservative vision inspires people to re-engage in the political process.
“I want to offer something that is genuine and something that is sincere to people and not just a bunch of talking points,” he said. “I think the people who voted last night — that’s what they voted for.”
State Senate District 41 is an open seat this year as incumbent state Sen. Clark Jolley leaves the office due to term limits.
Edmond Democrat Kevin McDonald, 41,will face the Republican nominee in the Nov. 8 general election. Edmond Libertarian Richard Prawdzienski, 68, is vying for state Senate District 41.