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October 22, 2012

Frank Lucas confident heading into election

OKLAHOMA CITY — U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas says he’s confident heading into the Nov. 6 general election as he faces two opponents in his bid for an 11th term.

Lucas, a Republican, faces two political newcomers, Democrat Timothy Ray Murray, of Moore, and independent William Matthew Sanders, of Stillwater.

Murray said he knows he faces an uphill challenge in taking on an incumbent Republican in conservative Oklahoma.

Murray said the House has failed to consider a job-creation bill and has failed to vote on a farm bill. He said he would support a jobs bill in which the federal government would provide funding to assist states improve infrastructure.

Lucas said he believes the farm bill may be considered during a post-election session of Congress and before the end of the year.

Sanders said he is a former Republican and supports focusing on alternative energy sources, such as wind power, to reduce the nation’s reliance on foreign oil.

“A big part of our trade imbalance is energy-related. We import a lot of our petroleum products,” Sanders said, also expressing support for biofuels.

Lucas said his goals for the coming two years is to get the farm bill passed, continue opposing tax increases, overturn the federal health care law and provide funding for the military.”

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