It's not uncommon to read of failed candidates in the presidential race and hear folks talk about their prospects in the next election cycle. But it's a rare sighting when a defeated candidate in an Oklahoma legislative race, begin public campaign activities for the 2020 election cycle.
Steve Day was defeated in his bid for House District 58 (Western Oklahoma, including Woodward). Carl Newton will represent the district, because no Democrat filed for the office. Speaker, Jeff Hickman is leaving the office this fall, having served his 12 year limit.
But tonight Steve formally changed his Facebook campaign page to:
Senate District 27
Senate district 27 is currently served by Bryce Marlatt, who won a final term when he defeated Tommy Nicholson in the June primary & filed a successful April challenge against Joshua Setzer, a young candidate who recently joined the Democrat party. Marlatt convinced 2 of the 3 election board judges that Setzer had not been a Democrat long enough to be their candidate.
Setzer was defended by state chairman Mark Hammons of the Democrat party, who filed a counter challenge against the state election law, on constitutional (14th amendment) grounds. Hammons argued that the Republican has no grounds for arguing who the Democrat party has the right to nominate.
Bryce Marlatt also faced significant criticism over his numerous traffic issues, namely a DUI plea.
Steve Day has been a Woodward firefighter.