Two more contenders – a Republican and an independent – say they are running for the congressional seat held by Mary Fallin. Fallin, R-Oklahoma City, is passing up seeking a third term to run for governor.
Today’s announcements bring to seven the number of those considering running for the 5th Congressional District seat, which covers most of Oklahoma County and Seminole and Potawatomie counties. An eighth is thinking about it.
Clark Duffe of Edmond plans to announce his candidacy at 7 tonight at Mr. Chen’s Buffet, at NW 23 and Meridian Avenue.
Duffe, 52, is vice chairman of the Oklahoma Libertarian Party. However, because of Oklahoma’s ballot access laws, Duffe will be running as an independent. Tonight’s announcement comes after the Central Oklahoma Libertarian Party’s dinner.
Duffe said he wants to cut spending, audit the Federal Reserve, restore individual liberties, demand honesty and secure the borders.
Paul Arabie of Del City released a statement saying he is running as a Republican. Arabie, 77, said he doesn’t like the direction the country is heading.
Arabie said he would be a citizen legislator and is against special interests, saying he will not accept contributions from them. If elected, he pledges to serve only one two-year term.
Duffe and Arabie entering the race now put the number of contenders at seven – six Republicans and one independent.
Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Jeff Cloud, a Republican, said earlier this month he’s looking at entering the race.
Other Republican contenders are state Rep. Mike Thompson of Oklahoma City and former state Rep. Kevin Calvey from Del City, Dr. Johnny Roy of Edmond, Rick Flanigan of Bethany and James Lankford of Edmond.
- Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau