A second Republican has announced his intention to run for a House seat that will be up for election this year.
Jeff Ledford of Hobart said today he will seek the House District 55 seat held by Rep. Ryan McMullen. McMullen, D-Burns Flat, has been appointed state director of rural development for the U.S. Agriculture Department. He intends to leave his House post this month; the governor has 30 days after McMullen resigns to set a special election.
Todd Russ, a Republican and a member of the Cordell City Council, said last week he will seek the House seat. Cordell Mayor Alex Damon, a Democrat, announced his intention this week to run for the post.
Ledford, 52, serves as a gubernatorial appointee on the board of state Commerce Department Rural Action Partnership Program, and on the Western Technology Center’s board of directors, the Hobart Economic Development Authority Board and on the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum’s board of directors.
He’s also a past president of the Hobart Chamber of Commerce. In 2008 he was recognized by Gov. Brad Henry and Workforce Oklahoma as southwest workforce investment area business leader of the year.
For the last 19½ years Ledford was employed by SKF, including 12 yeas as plant manager of the Hobart facility.
- Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau