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June 13, 2012

Local pastor, GOP hopeful, sees immorality problem

A Muskogee pastor seeking the 2nd Congressional District party nomination among a crowded field of Republican hopefuls said he is running for office to cure the root problem in America.

That problem, Dwayne Thompson said, is the “turning away from our constitution and the biblical principles that made our nation exceptional.”

“As we continue to turn further away, our nation continues to get worse in numerous ways,” Thompson said. “Until we return to these, nothing in America will change. We must address the root problem and not the symptoms.”

Thompson of Fort Gibson is one of six Republicans vying for the post being vacated by U.S. Rep. Dan Boren. GOP candidates flocked to the race after Boren, a Muskogee Democrat, announced in June he would not seek a fifth term.

Thompson has served as pastor for 17 years and ministers at Muskogee’s Fusion Church. He and his wife, Tonya Thompson, started two churches and helped a third recover from a divisive split.

If elected, Thompson said he would serve as a moral compass and “hold accountable those elected officials who profess to believe in the Constitution and Biblical principles.”

“The majority are too caught up in voting for party, re-election and special interests — PAC donations and endorsements always have ties,” Thompson said. “It’s time to cut the ties so those elected can actually do what they were elected to do: represent the people.”

Thompson, who grew up in a blue-collar family with a father who “taught him to work for everything” and “not to depend upon others,” described immorality as the nation’s root problem.

As for his qualifications, Thompson said if immorality is the top concern among voters, he is “the only candidate with the training, experience and position” to address that issue.

Thompson, who worked in sales 10 years before attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, said he supports truth over compromise, principle over party, and the American people over lobbyists. He supports the right to bear arms, a balanced budget amendment, cutting foreign aid and funding for the Environmental Protection Agency, and repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Thompson competed in 2010 for the Oklahoma House of Representatives seat held by Rep. Mike Brown, D-Tahlequah. Brown was able to hold on to the District 4 post, beating Thompson 5,555-3,262.

Thompson will face five other Republicans in the June 26 primary election. Among his opponents are state Rep. George Faught of Muskogee, Westville businessman Markwayne Mullin, former state Rep. Wayne Pettigrew of McAlester, Tishomingo lawyer Dustin Rowe and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Dakota Wood of Claremore.

In the fundraising race, Thompson is trailing his opponents with contributions totaling $17,617. Thompson reported contributions of $16,590 from 22 contributors through March 31, the most recent quarterly report on file. He loaned his campaign $1,000 and gave an in-kind contribution of $27 for postage stamps.

According to FEC records, Thompson reported expenditures totaling $17,050 with $567 on hand at the end of the most recent reporting period. Candidates will file second-quarter reports by July 15.

The eventual Republican nominee will face one of three Democrats jockeying for that party’s nomination and an independent in the general election Nov. 6. The Democrats include Earl E. Everett of Fort Gibson, Muskogee businessman Wayne Herriman and former state and federal prosecutor Rob Wallace of Fort Gibson. Michael G. Fulks of Heavener is running as an independent.

Reach D.E. Smoot at (918) 684-2901 or dsmoot@muskogeephoenix.com.

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