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Former state schools superintendent, businessman join GOP race for Congress

Former state schools superintendent, businessman join GOP race for Congress

The Oklahoman

October 3, 2019

Republican Janet Barresi, a former dentist who served one term as state schools superintendent, joined a crowded primary field on Wednesday for the 5th District congressional seat held by Democratic Rep. Kendra Horn.

Barresi, 67, said she was running for the seat “because our values are under assault by radical Washington liberals.”

At least seven other Republicans have filed federal statements of candidacy or announced their intention to run. Only three of the Republicans have reported raising money, with businesswoman Terry Neese and state Sen. Stephanie Bice leading the money race.

David K. Hill, of Edmond, also announced this week that he will run for the seat as a Republican. Hill owns the Mar-K company, which manufactures parts for classic cars and trucks. Hill previously ran the oil-field equipment company Kimray.

“(House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi and the career politicians in Washington have taken us down the wrong path,” Hill said in a news release. “They want socialized medicine, open borders, higher taxes, bigger government and a complete elimination of our First and Second Amendment rights.”

Hill, 52, was a co-founder of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.

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