Frank Lucas a proven leader
Republicans should vote to keep strong voice for 3rd Congressional District

Oklahoma’s sprawling 3rd Congressional District reaches from the Tulsa area all the way to the far reaches of the Panhandle, and from the Kansas line to the Texas line.

It covers some diverse areas, from populations centers such as Enid, Ponca City, Stillwater and parts of the Oklahoma City metro area, to the wide open spaces of Northwest Oklahoma.

Since 1994, the seat in the U.S. House has been occupied by Cheyenne farmer and rancher Frank Lucas.

In Tuesday’s primary election, Lucas faces a Republican challenger, Hennessey resident Desiree Brown, for his party’s nomination.

The winner will face Democrat Frankie Robbins, of Medford, in the November general election.

Brown has no political experience, but she is running because she says Lucas is not representing the values of Oklahoma.

Brown says she is a “staunch constitutionalist,” is pro-Second Amendment and is for states’ rights.

She hopes to have a more limited government, with taxes and federal spending cut. We commend her for putting herself out there as a candidate.

For his part, Lucas has promised to do more of what he’s done for the past 22 years, which is represent the people of his district as best he can.

As we said, the 3rd Congressional District is a diverse one. It’s a tough one to manage, but in our opinion Frank Lucas has done a good job at it.

Agriculture and energy are big parts of the district, and Lucas, who is senior member of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation, has proven to be a leader in both areas.

He’s also stood strong on defense and helped improve the position of Vance Air Force Base.

Given the uncertainty facing our country, we need proven leadership in Congress. Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will become the president, so that need for legislative leadership is even more pronounced.

To Republican voters throughout the 3rd Congressional District, we say when you go to the polls Tuesday, or if you decide to go to the election board 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and cast your vote early, vote for proven leadership.

Vote for Frank Lucas.

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