A sixth Republican filed Thursday for U.S. House District 2 in eastern Oklahoma that is being left vacant by U.S. Rep. Dan Boren who isn’t seeking reelection.
Former state Rep. Wayne Pettigrew filed Thursday afternoon for the seat, bringing the race total to six Republicans and two Democrats.
Pettigrew, 49, of McAlester, said his background in finance will distinguish him in this race.
“We’re going to have to reform our monetary system,” Pettigrew said. “We are devaluing our currency by printing additional money without bullion backing.”
He said the issue is made worse by continued over spending by government and the growing debt.
Pettigrew said his degree in finance and business and his conservative voting record from the state House make him a strong candidate.
He estimates the race is going to cost at least $500,000 per candidate.