It appears primaries will be necessary to narrow down the nominees for a vacant western Oklahoma House seat.
Larry Peck of Sentinel is the second Democrat to announce his intentions to seek the House District 55 seat being vacated by Ryan McMullen. A Democrat and two Republicans earlier have announced plans to run for the seat.
Peck recently retired as an agriculture education instructor and FFA adviser at Sentinel High School. He farms, ranches and operates a family-owned business in the Sentinel area.
McMullen ended his five years of service as a legislator this week when was sworn in to the appointed post of director of rural development for the U.S. Agriculture Department.
McMullen was elected in 2004 to the House District 55 seat that covers Washita County and parts of Caddo, Canadian and Kiowa counties.
Republicans Todd Russ of Cordell, a city councilman, and Jeff Ledford of Hobart have said they plan to run for the House seat. Cordell Mayor Alex Damon, a Democrat, also has announced he will seek the post.
Peck said he would work to expand job opportunities in the district and is committed to a first-class public education and improving access to quality health care.
Gov. Brad Henry will set the dates for the special primary and general elections. He has about a month to set the dates. The elections will be before the end of this year.
- Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau