State Rep. Mike Turner, of Edmond, and Harvey Sparks, a former staff member for U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, each have declared they will run for U.S. Congress.
Both are seeking the the 5th District seat being vacated by James Lankford, who is running for the U.S. Senate. The district includes most of Oklahoma County, along with Seminole and Pottawatomie counties.
“The main reason I’m running is that we need strong, active conservatives of a new generation who aren’t part of the status quo, but are there to work hard in Congress,” said Turner, R-Edmond.
Turner said he decided to run because he doesn’t believe there is a true, consistent conservative among the other candidates on such wide-ranging issues as taxes, spending, social issues, economic growth, tort reform and immigration.
An Oklahoma City native, Turner has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from Southern Methodist University.
He currently provides technical advice to inventors and startup manufacturers and has particular expertise in the automotive sector. Turner defeated an eight-year Republican incumbent to win his current state House seat in 2012.
Turner said he will refuse contributions from lobbyists and political action committees and will refuse a Congressional pension if elected.