5th Congressional District Republican candidate profiles - Patrice Douglas
By Phil Cross
OKLAHOMA CITY — Six Republicans want a chance to be the party's nominee for Oklahoma's Fifth Congressional District. The seat is being vacated by Congressman James Lankford who is running for the U.S. Senate. Fox 25 sat down with all six candidates as they head into the June primary.The order of the candidate profile stories was randomly selected.Patrice Douglas, Corporation Commissioner from Edmond"I was born and raised here and I'm so excited to get the opportunity to represent the 5th district," Douglas told Fox 25.Known to many as the mayor of Edmond, Douglas rose to state-wide recognition when Governor Mary Fallin appointed her to fill a vacancy at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Douglas went on to win that office after running unopposed."Those experiences together help me know where we can make a difference for Oklahoma," Douglas said of her background in both politics and the private sector.That business background and work on the Corporation Commission has won Douglas the support of many of Oklahoma's biggest business leaders. Douglas is currently the top fundraiser for the GOP primary."We're really proud to have the folks that have helped create the renaissance in Oklahoma City; who helped bring about what we've seen in the last 15 years backing us in this campaign."Douglas says while business is her experience, her focus is on families. "When I'm at doorsteps and sitting in dining rooms what I hear from people is that we don't want the federal government telling us how to live our lives, how to worship, how to raise our children; we want Oklahomans governing for Oklahoma."Like the other 5th to fight what many Republicans see as the overreach of the federal government. "We've got to have people with conservative values; that have business experience; that have employed people; that know how to create jobs; that know where the federal government is overburdening small businesses and overburdening families."Douglas says her resume speaks for itself and the final weeks of the campaign will be spent making sure voters know she wants to go to Washington and will be able to make a difference. "I think if you send the right messenger up therethe message will be heard."Ultimately Republican voters will have the final say if Douglas is the GOP choice to head to the November ballot. Douglas faces five other challengers in the June 24th State Senator Clark Jolley, State Representative Mike Turner, Harvey Sparks, former State Senator Steve Russell, and former Representative Shane Jett.
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