Markwayne Mullin, the fundraising leader among those hoping to replace Rep. Dan Boren in Congress, plans to begin airing ads introducing the plumbing company owner and rancher to eastern Oklahoma voters.
Mullin is a Republican from Adair County.
The 60-second spot “represents an important step in our fight to return our country to the fundamental values that made our country great,” Mullin said in a news release.
“This spot tells a little about my story as a rancher, businessman and family man _ and shows how conservative, eastern Oklahoma values will be the bedrock for restoring America. Every day I hear eastern Oklahomans say we must send a businessman, not a career politician, to Congress.”
Boren, D-Muskogee, the only Democrat in Oklahoma’s congressional delegation, is not seeking another term.
As currently drawn, the 2nd District has not been represented by a Republican; Democrats make up about two-thirds of the registered voters. Before Boren, Democrat Brad Carson held the seat for two terms.
Other Republicans running for the seat are state Rep. George Faught; former state Rep. Wayne Pettigrew; Dustin Rowe; Dwayne Thompson; and Dakota Wood.
Democrat Rob Wallace announced in October that he would seek the seat.
The latest Federal Election Commission reports showed Mullin had raised more than $341,000, with help from his personal funds. Faught, Pettigrew and Rowe were all around $100,000. The next campaign finance reports are due in a month.