The timing could be better, perhaps

Mary Fallin is giving up her seat in Congress to run for governor, and lots of Republicans have queued up for a shot at representing District 5, but Democrats were conspicuous by their absence.

This situation obviously couldn’t last forever, and it didn’t:

Tom Guild of Edmond has scheduled a state Capitol news conference at 10 a.m. Thursday to announce his candidacy to succeed U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma City.

Guild, the first Democrat to announce for the congressional post, has taught 27 years at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, where he was conferred the title of professor emeritus by the board of regents; and three years at Oklahoma City University. He taught political science and legal studies at UCO, and in the master’s program at OCU.

Unlike some Democrats who have filed for this office in the past, Dr Guild has a smidgen of name recognition, if the fact that I’ve actually heard of him qualifies as “name recognition.”

Dr Havel predicts Guild would pull about 35 percent of the vote against whoever carries the GOP banner, which sounds about right to me: while the Fifth District isn’t quite as rock-ribbed-Republican as it used to be, you really have to be a name-brand Democrat to have a chance at it even when Democrats are in the ascendant, which they haven’t been in Oklahoma for several years.


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