Three Republicans and a Democrat have now entered the race for the U.S. House of Representatives District 2 Office which is being left vacant by Rep. Dan Boren, a Democrat, who announced he would not seek reelection.
Markwayne Mullin, 34, of Westville, filed Wednesday afternoon entering what is shaping up to be a three-way Republican primary for the office.
Mullin, owner of Mullin Plumbing, said he wants to change the culture in Congress and stop the over regulation of business.
“I think a lot of people are fed up, the same way I am, and we can’t afford to have politics as usual,” Mullin said, a self-described political outsider. “Most of all our mandates or regulations come from the federal side and even when it comes back from the state it comes back with strings attached.”
Dakota Wood, 49 of Claremore, said he is running for the second district to help provide a world-view for the political office.
Wood served 20 years in the Marine Corps and then has worked on national defense issues in Washington.
“I have 30 years experience in the world,” Wood said. “I will bring experience and perspective. I’m the only candidate who has worked outside of Oklahoma and been int he world.”
The first Republican to file for the seat was Dustin Rowe, 36 of Tishomingo.
Rowe, a former mayor of Tishomingo, said he is concerned with the tax code and the massive federal debts and wants to return to Constitutional values.
“As taxpayers, Americans need to be concerned with the debt our country is incurring and the amount of people who aren’t contributing,” Rowe said after he had filed for office.
Wayne Herriman, 59, of Muskogee is the only Democrat in the race so far.
Herriman, who has been in the seed industry for 30 years and owns his own company in Muskogee, said he is concerned about the direction Washington is headed.
He said they can create jobs by supplementing the natural gas industry.
“I can go to Washington with one thing in mind, making Oklahoma first in what we do,” Herriman said.