Across Oklahoma Republican candidates for the Senate have gathered support from Republicans in the Senate. Sen. Brian Bingman, Co-Chairman of the Oklahoma State Republican Senate Committee, said, “this election is an opportunity for Oklahoma to continue to resist the liberal agenda of Barack Obama by electing people less like him and more like the patriots that founded this country on limited government, individual liberties, and states’ rights.”
Senate Republicans put a high priority on finding quality candidates for the seven open seats across the state being vacated by term limited Senators. Republicans are running in all seven seats, and four of those seats represent pick up opportunities for the GOP.
One of those pick-up opportunities is District 10, and the Oklahoma Senate Republicans are thrilled to secure Representative Eddie Fields as a candidate. Eddie Fields will leave the House after one term in the legislature and run for Senate where he says he can be a stronger voice for rural Oklahoma values and economic development. His candidacy was secured recently upon his announcement last week, and candidates of his caliber are emblematic of the overall success the GOP is having statewide.
Kim David will run for District 18. David is a small businesswoman from Wagoner, who also has teaching in her background. Kim worked for ten years in petroleum marketing before earning a teaching certificate and teaching at local schools. A strong and committed conservative, Kim is excited to be a voice for families, local schools, and economic development at the capitol.
Mark Allen will run for Senate District 4. Allen has lived in LeFlore County for over four decades where he owns and operates an oilfield services company. He has been a small businessman in southeast Oklahoma since he left the Navy in 1967. Like many Oklahoman’s, Mark believes the federal government is overstepping its bounds and infringing upon our liberties. Allen is running to help restore strength to our economy and rights to our state.
Frank Simpson and Johnny Loard will vie for the Republican nomination in District 14. Simpson is a retired US Navy officer, who later worked in the private sector for Kmart, Dollar General, and Big Lots, managing the construction of multi-million dollar facilities. Loard is a municipal judge and city attorney, and was formerly a prosecutor. Both will give southern Oklahoma voters a good choice in the July primary contest. Republicans will also have primaries in three open seats being vacated by term limited GOP Senate members in Districts 22, 30, and 34.
Jarred Brejcha, executive director of the Oklahoma Senate Republicans, said the GOP will have an excellent chance of gaining seats in the 2010 Senate elections. “The quality of our candidates will give us a chance to not only retain our current number of seats, but allow us to grow our majority as well” Brejcha said.
Senator Bingman and Co-Chairman of the OSRSC Senator Mike Mazzei, have led an aggressive recruitment effort that will not officially end until filing in June. After the end of legislative session, both will turn their focus to the elections ahead and other candidates that might emerge interested in challenging sitting Democrat Senators.