Russell Hulstine, NewsOn6.com
MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma -- Another Muskogee resident has announced he is running for the Oklahoma 2nd Congressional seat being vacated by Dan Boren.
Muskogee minister Dwayne Thompson says he grew up in a blue collar family where his father taught him to work for everything in life and not depend upon others.
"I have watched our political system continue its immoral decline for the past thirty years. When decisions are made based on a party, self interests or lobbyists over the American people's interests, those are immoral decisions, and the American people are suffering for it," said Dwayne Thompson.
He quotes Benjamin Franklin in his news release, who said, "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom."
Thompson goes on to say the principles that made America are still true today.
"Those principles, which our Founding Fathers acknowledged and implemented, came directly out of the Bible. These principles worked exceptionally well for us once, why would we not trust them to work for us again?" said Dwayne Thompson.
Before becoming a minister, Thompson was a sales manager in Tulsa.
In his release, Thompson says supports truth over compromise; principle over party; the American people over lobbyists; a Balanced Budget Amendment; cutting foreign aid; cutting funding to the EPA; and repealing Obamacare.
Dan Boren announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election.
The list of Republicans who have also announced their intentions to seek the job include former state representative and McAlester native Wayne Pettigrew, Broken Arrow businessman Markwayne Mullin, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Dakota Wood of Claremore and State Representative George Faught of Muskogee.
The only Democrat to announce officially is former LeFlore County district attorney and assistant U.S. Attorney Rob Wallace.
For information on Dwayne Thompson, he has a website dwaynethompson.org.