Dr. Johnny Roy, a political newcomer in 2006 when he ran for Congress, is back on the campaign trail.
Roy has scheduled a news conference today to announce he is running for the 5th Congressional District seat. Roy finished last in a six-way Republican primary in 2006 when Republican Ernest Istook opted to run for governor instead of seeking re-election. U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma City, who won the seat in 2006, is not seeking re-election in 2010 to run for governor.
Roy, the former chief of surgery at Edmond Medical Center, said he is qualified to tackle one of the top issues facing the country – health care.
As Congress and the president wrestle with reforming the health care system with discussions including government-run health care, “the people of Oklahoma deserve a doctor representing them in the U.S. House of Representatives,” Roy said.
“Having spent the majority of my adult life as a physician, I know how we can fix our health care system,” Roy said. “We don’t need another lawyer or career bureaucrat dealing with issues as important as your health.”
Roy is the second GOP candidate from the 2006 race to seek the 5th Congressional District seat next year. Former state Rep. Kevin Calvey announced shortly after Fallin made her decision earlier this year to run for governor.
State Rep. Mike Thompson, R-Oklahoma City, also has said he will seek the post.
No Democrat has yet announced.
In 2006 six Republicans and two Democrats filed to succeed Istook.
As part of his campaign effort, Roy said he will head up a series of free health screenings. There will be a doctor for youth exams for schools, a general physician for general needs and Roy will be giving screenings as well. Screenings are planned next week in Edmond, Oklahoma City, Shawnee and Seminole.
- Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau