Presley drops bid for Congress

By Michael McNutt Published: June 7, 2006
Oklahoma County Court Clerk Patricia Presley announced today she is dropping her bid to run for Congress.

Presley said she is backing fellow Democrat Dr. David Hunter, who filed today for the 5th Congressional District seat, which covers most of Oklahoma County along with Pottawatomie and Seminole counties. Hunter, of Edmond, is chief of surgery at St. Anthony Hospital.

Updated filings

Presley switched political parties in November - a month before announcing plans to run for Congress. She said today she will remain a Democrat, calling it a good decision.

"I have found it more and more difficult balancing a campaign for Congress and my duties as the Oklahoma County court clerk," Presley said at a state Capitol news conference. "It's been difficult at best. And as this race continues to absorb more time and resources, I've been faced with the decision to withdraw."

Elected court clerk in 1996, Presley said she plans to seek reelection in two years.

Presley, 54, said she called Bert Smith, who filed Monday as a Democrat seeking the 5th Congressional District seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook, to also support Hunter. Smith declined, she said.

Six Republicans are seeking the seat held by Istook, who is running for governor. The filing period for state and federal offices ends at 5 p.m. today.

Republicans who filed so far are Lt. Gov. Mary Fallin, Corporation Commissioner Denise Bode, state Reps. Fred Morgan and Kevin Calvey, Edmond surgeon Dr. Johnny B. Roy and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett.

Matthew Horton Woodson, 36, of Oklahoma City, filed today as an independent in the 5th District congressional race. has disabled the comments for this article.

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