Rep. Colby Schwartz, who flirted for a time this year with running for lieutenant governor until dropping out last month, is seeking re-election.
Schwartz, R-Yukon, issued a statement this morning seeking his intent to seek a third term for House District 43, which includes parts of Oklahoma and Canadian counties. Filing period for the 2010 races is in June.
“I have spent the last month visiting with constituents in the Yukon and Mustang communities, and have been humbled and overwhelmed with their support of my efforts to run for a third term,” he said.
Schwartz said last month he withdrew from the lieutenant governor’s race because it had been difficult raising money.
According to his most recent campaign report, which covered fundraising activities through June 30, Schwartz had $26,432 on hand. He had carried over $16,603 from his House campaign account and reported raising $9,830 and spending $1.12.
Since announcing his bid to run for lieutenant governor, a Republican has filed papers seeking Schwartz’s post.
Michael Carnuccio, a former staff member for the House of Representatives who joined a lobbying group this past summer, has reported raising $13,900 and having that amount on hand as of June 30, according to his most recent campaign report on file with the state Ethics Commission.
Two Republican candidates remain in the lieutenant governor’s race.
Rep. John Wright, R-Broken Arrow, reported having $23,620 on hand, with most of that money carried over his House campaign account.
Sen. Todd Lamb, R-Edmond, reported raising $195,285 between June 12, when he opened his campaign account, and June 30, the end of the reporting period. He transferred $57,761 from his Senate campaign account, giving him a total of $253,046. He reported $413 in expenses, giving him $252,633 on hand as of June 30.
The lone Democrat so far in the race, Sen. Kenneth Corn, D-Poteau, reported having $155,957 on hand as of June 30. Corn reported raising $56,485 during the reporting period and spending $24,342.
Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, a Democrat, is not seeking re-election to run for governor. Democratic Gov. Brad Henry, elected to his first term in 2002, cannot run again in 2010.
- Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau