A Muskogee pastor officially launched his bid seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for the state’s 2nd Congressional District post.
Dwayne 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, who filed his statement of candidacy Aug. 30 with the Federal Election Commission, has served as pastor for 17 years and ministers now 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 indicated he would be a moral compass in Congress, which he believes has lost its way. Thompson said America’s principles must align with the interests of all Americans, not just a few.
“I have watched our political system continue its immoral decline for the past 30 years,” Thompson said in his official announcement. “When decisions are made based on party, self-interests or lobbyists over the American people’s interests, those are immoral decisions, and the American people are suffering for it.”
Thompson advocates a system of government based upon biblical principles he believes would put an end to such things as “progressive taxation, inheritance taxes, capital gains taxes, government welfare and the stacking of debt.”
“I will not only give my District and my country a strong conservative vote based on the principles our founders used, I will lead like-minded individuals from both sides of the aisle to do the same,” Thompson said. “When we return to those principles, then and only then will our great nation stand on the solid rock we once stood upon instead of the shifting sand we now stand.”
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 repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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,” said he is an advocate of “personal financial responsibility.”
Other candidates vying for the Republican nomination to the 2nd District are District 14 Rep. George Faught of Muskogee, Tulsa businessman Markwayne Mullin, former state Rep. Wayne Pettigrew of McAlester, Tishomingo lawyer Dustin Rowe and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Dakota Wood of Claremore.
Thompson competed in 2010 for the Oklahoma House of Representatives seat held Rep. Mike Brown, D-Tahlequah. Brown was able to hold on to the District 4 post, beating Thompson 5,555-3,262.
According to FEC records, Thompson reported campaign contributions totaling $9,500 for the most recent quarter that ended Sept. 30. Records show Thompson loaned the campaign $500. The remaining contributions came from 11 individual donors. Thompson ended the quarter with $3,874 on hand.
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Meet Dwayne Thompson
OFFICE SOUGHT: 2nd Congressional District.
POLITICAL PARTY: Republican.
HOMETOWN: Fort Gibson.
FAMILY: Wife Tonya, son Bryce and daughter Brittne.
OCCUPATION: Pastor at Fusion Church in Muskogee.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in business administration, Northeastern State University, 1982; Master’s in Divinity, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1994.
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Fusion Church.
HOBBIES: No time for hobbies, but would like to return to hunting and fishing.