State Rep. Shane Jett is expected to announce today he is running for the congressional seat being vacated by Mary Fallin.
Jett, R-Tecumseh, will become the second state lawmaker and the sixth Republican to enter the race for the open 5th Congressional District seat.
Jett is passing up re-election to serve in the congressional district that covers most of Oklahoma County and Seminole and Pottawatomie counties.
Jett, elected in 2004 to House District 27, will announce his congressional bid at noon today at the state Capitol, according to his campaign.
Fallin, R-Oklahoma City, is not seeking re-election to run for governor. Gov. Brad Henry, a Democrat, cannot seek a third successive term.
Republican contenders are state Rep. Mike Thompson of Oklahoma City, former state Rep. Kevin Calvey of Del City, James Lankford of Edmond, Rick Flanigan of Del City and Dr. Johnny Roy of Edmond.
Clark Duffe, an independent from Edmond, also is a contender.
No Democrat has yet announced, but a Democrat will get in the race before the June filing period, a source close to the state Democratic Party said.
- Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau