A whopping 794 candidates filed for federal and state offices at the conclusion of last week’s 3-day filing period at the State Capitol.
The State Election Board indicated it beat the old record of 594 set in 2006.
Energy related filings totaled 7 candidates for Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony, a Republican filed for re-election seeking a 6th term. He carried all 77 counties in winning his fifth consecutive six-year term in 2012. Anthony is considered to be the longest serving utility commissioner in the United States and has served six times as chairman of the Commission.
Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy chose to run for the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor and is one of 7 candidates.
challengers include former State Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman, a Republican from Sapulpa; Oklahoma City attorney Jackie Short who is an Independent; Blake Cummings of Maud who was a 2017 candidate for the special election in State House district 28 in Seminole County and is a Democrat; Ashley Nicole-McCray of Norman; Beau Williams of Edmond and Ken reich of Idabel.
Ashley Nicole McCray, a Democrat, was also a city council candidate in Norman and considers herself to be a minority activist and a member of the Lakota/Absentee Shawnee tribe.
Beau Williams is an Oklahoma City attorney who helped file an earthquake lawsuit in Oklahoma County and is a Democrat. Ken Reich of Idabel is also a candidate for the Democratic nomination.