TULSA, OK – Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK-1) picked up a Republican primary challenger Thursday on the second day of filing for state office.
Bridenstine, who in 2014 retained the 1st Congressional District seat without any opposition, is now going to be opposed by Tulsa oilman Tom Atkinson. Also a third Republican, Evelyn Rogers who ran against state Rep. David Brumbaugh, Broken Arrow-76 (R) and lost, has also entered the June 28 GOP primary race. An Independent opponent David Matthew Hullum will face the winner of the primary election.
Atkinson, who nearly challenged Bridenstine in 2014, is expected to present a more progressive option for Republican voters.
Bridenstine in July of 2015 was one of the first Congressmen to endorse candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the Republican presidential nominee.
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“The people of Oklahoma deserve a representative who is a proven leader that will work with others to turn our conservative ideas into real policy solutions,” said Atkinson, 66.
Atkinson is the brother-in-law of Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett, but is also currently serving as Campaign Chairman of G.T. Bynum who opposing Bartlett for Tulsa Mayor.
Bridenstine, who filed on Wednesday, said he intends to keep his pledge not to see more than three terms.
“Four years ago I filed to run for Congress for the first time, promising the people of the First District that I would work every day to restore Constitutional integrity, fiscal responsibility, and national security. Today, I filed as a candidate for a third and final term in the U.S. House of Representatives, and my promise to the people of Oklahoma remains unchanged,” Bridenstine said.
The primary elections for Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District will be held along with other major elections on June 28. You can find more information about the candidates on FortySix News 2016 Elections page.