Candidates to Meet in Coweta for Forum

Oct 9, 2012

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Congressional candidates running for Oklahoma's 1st District are expected to meet this week in an election forum sponsored by the Coweta Chamber of Commerce.

Republican Jim Bridenstine and Democrat John Olson are slated to meet at Wednesday's forum.

Bridenstine is a political newcomer with tea party backing who defeated five-term incumbent Rep. John Sullivan in the primary election. Bridenstine has knocked Sullivan's votes that he said weren't conservative enough for Oklahoma.

Olson is a small businessman is in the U.S. Army Reserve. He says Republicans are taking Oklahoma's 1st District for granted.

The district includes a huge chunk of northeastern Oklahoma.

Independent Craig Allen, an airline pilot, will also be on the ballot, but it is unclear whether he will take part in the Coweta forum.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.