Thursday, March 14, 2024

Former State Rep. Avery Frix announces bid for State Senate District 9

At an event in Fort Gibson this evening, former State Rep. Avery Frix (R-Muskogee) announced his candidacy for Senate District 9, currently held by retiring State Sen. Dewayne Pemberton (R-Muskogee). So far, he is the first candidate to start campaigning for this open seat.

Frix previously served in the Oklahoma State House for three terms (from 2016 to 2022), representing House District 13, before running for Congress and losing to now-Congressman Josh Brecheen in the Republican runoff election (he loaned his campaign $255,000 in that failed effort).

Having already served six years, Frix has six years left before he is ineligible due to term limits. A Senate term is four years, so Frix will only be able to serve one full term, and half of another (forcing a mid-term special election).

Senate District 9 covers a large portion of Muskogee County (including the city of Muskogee, and towns like Fort Gibson, Oktaha, Braggs, and Taft), as well as part of southern and central Cherokee County (including the city of Tahlequah). About two thirds of the district is "new" to Frix, as his old House seat only overlapped the western third of SD9.

You can view the SD9 map below, or follow this link to zoom in to street-level.

Frix released the following video after making his official announcement:

Voter registration in SD9, as of January 15th, was 42.62% Republican, 38.17% Democratic, 18.3% registered Independent, and 0.91% Libertarian. In 2020, Pemberton defeated his Democratic opponent by a vote of 58.11% to 41.89%.

Candidate filing for this open seat will be April 3rd to 5th.


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