The Luther resident challenging State Rep. Lewis Moore for the District 96 seat says she will drop out of the race.
Amber Polach said she filed for the office last Friday afternoon because she was concerned no one else would challenge the incumbent. Polach is an educator and a vocal critic of the new Eastern Oklahoma County turnpike project. She spoke representing other protestors at a packed-house of an Oklahoma Turnpike Authority meeting back in January.
Over the weekend, she discussed the race with Harrah resident Phillip Arnold who also filed for the seat that covers Eastern Oklahoma County.
“I was not willing to let Moore gain the seat by default, but with Phillip’s candidacy, I just don’t want to split the vote,” she said.
Arnold, another turnpike critic, has begun his campaign on social media.
“I intend to be your voice against the OTA, unnatural earthquakes, cronyism, and egregious budgetary decisions. I look forward to working with you all,” he said on his Facebook page. An extensive interview with Arnold (and Moore) is in the works.
This race will be quick. As both candidates are Republicans, only Republican voters will choose at the primary on June 28, 2016. The winner will not face an opponent in the November general election.
The district covers a wide and rural area as well as East Edmond from Bryant Avenue to County Line (Pott.) Road and from Waterloo down to SE 29th Street, generally.
In addition to interviews with the House candidates, The Luther Register is arranging interviews with all of the candidates in the Senate District 17 Race. There are three candidates in that race: Incumbent Ron Sharp, Choctaw resident Brooke McGowan and Harrah resident Larry Sturgill. Sharp and McGowan are Republicans and Sturgill is registered as an Independent.