It took months for a Democrat to enter the 5th Congressional District race. Less than two week after a Democrat stepped forward to run for the central Oklahoma congressional seat, a second Democrat is planning to run for the post being vacated by Mary Fallin.
Billy Coyle is planning to announce his intentions Tuesday to run for the seat, which covers most of Oklahoma County and also Pottawatomie and Seminole counties.
Coyle, an Oklahoma City attorney, has scheduled a news conference Tuesday at the state Capitol to announce his plans. Ivan Holmes, former chairman of the state Democratic Party and now a political strategist, is working on Coyle’s campaign.
Fallin, an Oklahoma City Republican, is not seeking re-election for a third term to run for governor.
Tom Guild, a longtime university professor and secretary of the Oklahoma County Democratic Party, announced last week his plans to run for the 5th Congressional District seat. A Republican has held the post since 1975.
Republican contenders are state Reps. Shane Jett of Tecumseh and 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.
- Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau