Democrat Bollinger enters race for US Senate | Government-and-politics
Oklahoma City attorney Jason Bollinger became the first Democrat to compete in the U.S. Senate race in 2022.
Bollinger officially announced his candidacy on Wednesday in his hometown of Carter, southwestern Oklahoma.
Bollinger has said he hopes to win the seat now held by Republican James Lankford, who is expected to have at least two opponents in next year’s GOP primary. The actual filing for the 2022 elections will take place in April.
“Currently, we have a senator who has looked after out-of-state donor businesses and played partisan games,” Bollinger said in a written statement. “This type of politician is exactly what is wrong with our country today. We need a new generation of leaders who will focus on fixing our country and the needs of our families and our workers. will be that kind of leader.
Bollinger said his campaign would prioritize affordable health care, “a government that works for the people”, infrastructure and education, and national security.
Bollinger is entering an extremely distant race, with virtually no name recognition and little to suggest that Oklahoma is ready to elect a Democrat to a statewide post. Oklahoma voters have not sent a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since 1990, when David Boren won a third term.
Bollinger graduated in 2010 from Merritt High School, southwest of Elk City. He earned an associate’s degree at the Sayre campus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University and degrees in accounting and law from the University of Oklahoma.