Oklahoma Capitol Briefs: 3 to oppose Rep. Kern

Oklahoman Modified: June 10, 2010 at 4:24 am •  Published: June 10, 2010
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3 TO OPPOSE REP. KERN

An Oklahoma City representative known for her anti-gay comments picked up three opponents for the 2010 election. A Republican and an independent challenger declared their candidacies in House District 84 on Wednesday. The seat is held by Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City. Republican Garrick Voth, 34, of Oklahoma City, filed to run against Kern. Voth said Kern is ignoring the needs of her district. Independent candidate Ray Prewitt, 40, of Bethany, said he is running to maintain the "status quo.” Prewitt said Kern and her Democratic challenger, Brittany Novotny, have views on opposite ends of the spectrum and neither candidate reflects the views of the district. Novotny, 30, filed on Tuesday.

JULIE BISBEE, CAPITOL BUREAU

BALLOT TO OMIT SLOGAN
Fran Moghaddam, a Republican seeking the 1st Congressional District seat, tried to get part of her campaign slogan on this year's ballot. Moghaddam, of Tulsa, filed Wednesday as Fran for Freedom Moghaddam. The name on the declaration of candidacy is the same used on the ballot. Moghaddam said her campaign website and e-mail use the name Fran for Freedom. State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said candidates can't file using campaign slogans or other types of phrases. Exceptions to using exact legal names include nicknames, he said.

MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU

INDEPENDENT SEEKS WIN
Dr. Edward Shadid filed Wednesday for a House seat, saying he hopes to become the first independent elected to the Legislature in at least 50 years. Shadid, of Oklahoma City, said he is frustrated because it is difficult for someone who isn't a Democrat and Republican to get on ballots. Shadid is running for House District 85. Rep. David Dank, R-Oklahoma City, is seeking re-election. Aaron Kaspereit, an Oklahoma City Republican, and Gail Vines, a Democrat, also are running.

MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU