Nicholson to Run Again for Former Opponent’s Senate Seat in Special Election

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A familiar candidate will run again for state senate in the special election to fill Bryce Marlatt’s seat in District 27.

Tommy Nicholson, who has run against Marlatt in two past elections, said Friday morning it will be the last time he will run for the office.

Nicholson ran as an Independent against Marlatt in the 2012 general election and went up against the former State Senator in the 2016 Republican primary.

“The people in Northwestern Oklahoma are who I am fighting for,” Nicholson said in a statement. “I am here for one reason only and that is to serve Northwestern Oklahoma and make you proud of your senator again.”

Nicholson, a retired veteran of the U.S. military after 44 years of service, is a farmer and rancher who has also worked with several state agencies, which include the Department of Transportation, Department of Corrections, Department of Human Services and the highway department.

Filing for the special election runs Oct. 2-4. The special primaries will take place Tuesday, Dec. 12 and the general election is set to take place on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

So far, Nicholson and Rep. Casey Murdock are the lone Republican candidates. Madam Chair of the Woodward County Democratic Party Amber Jensen announced she was running for the seat Thursday night.


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Sean Gallagher