RJ Harris filed as an independent candidate for U.S. House District 4 on Friday dropping his presidential bid and aiming for a rematch against U.S. Rep. Tom Cole for the district that runs from south Oklahoma City to the Texas border.
Cole filed for reelection on Wednesday.
Harris, 39, of Norman, said he is filing as an independent to get around the Republican Party and offer voters a true conservative in the November general election. Harris described himself as a Libertarian or Congressional Conservative.
He ran against Cole, R-Moore, in 2010 for Congress and got 23 percent of the vote in the primary.
“I’m a huge advocate of ending our interventionist foreign policy,” Harris said after he had filed. “I am going to repeal as much legislation as possible because I see that as restricting liberties.”
Harris said top on his list is repealing the healthcare reform, the National Defense Authorization Act and the Patriot Act.
In addition to Harris and Cole, there are two other candidates in the race.
Republican Gary Caissie, 51, of Norman filed for the seat and so did Donna Bebo, 34, a Democrat from Fletcher.