The Oklahoman endorsement: Patrice Douglas is our pick in 5th District race between two good candidates
by The Oklahoman Editorial Board,  Published: August 24, 2014

CONSTITUENTS in Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District are losing an excellent representative in Republican James Lankford. After two terms in the House, Lankford has his sights set on the U.S. Senate.

The House seat he will vacate is considered “safe” for Republicans. The good news for GOP voters is that two strong candidates are on the ballot in Tuesday’s runoff election. Former state Sen. Steve Russell and Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas were the top two vote-getters in the six-person primary in June. Russell won 26.6 percent of the vote, Douglas 24.5 percent.

Tuesday’s winner will face either Tom Guild, a retired college professor, or state Sen. Al McAffrey, who are meeting in the Democratic runoff. Neither has much chance of winning in November.

Russell spent 21 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He then served one term in the state Senate, stepping aside in 2012. His background makes him well versed in foreign affairs and military affairs. If he were to win election to Congress, he would be a strong voice in both these areas.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, August 22, 2014

Conservative Republican Patrice Douglas Picks Up Two Key Endorsements

The CountyWide and Sun and Edmond Life and Leisure Endorse Douglas for Congress

EDMOND, OK – Patrice Douglas, the Conservative Republican candidate for Congress in Oklahoma’s 5th District, picked up two key editorial endorsements on Thursday. The CountyWide and Sun of Tecumseh, and the Edmond Life and Leisure of Edmond endorsed Conservative Patrice Douglas to replace Congressman James Lankford in the upcoming Republican runoff on Tuesday, August 26th.

“It is with a great amount of conviction and certainty that we endorse former Edmond Mayor Patrice Douglas in the Republican runoff election for the United States Congressional Fifth District seat,” said Edmond Life and Leisure publisher Ray Hibbard. “Edmond has enjoyed a close working relationship with our representatives for the Fifth Congressional District for decades. Douglas is the best choice to continue that traditions and the one to be dedicated and responsive to our needs as well as those throughout the district.”

“In the public and the private sectors, Patrice Douglas has crammed a variety of experiences into her lifetime,” said CountyWide and Sun editor Wayne Trotter. “She has been a practicing lawyer, a banker, a businesswoman, a state corporation commissioner, a mayor, and perhaps last in this list but certainly not least, a wife for 25 years and a mother of two sons. Each of these roles has added to the perspective any individual would need to succeed in the rough-and-tumble yet compromising place today’s House of Representatives has become. While deeply respecting Lt. Col. Russell’s military experience, we have to give the overall edge to Mrs. Douglas.”

The Republican run-off will occur Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Learn more about Patrice at