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April 7, 2014

Man announces candidacy for DeWitt’s House seat

ENID, Okla. — A Marine Corps veteran and fifth-generation Logan County farmer and rancher has said he will run for the District 38 Oklahoma House seat.

John Pfeiffer announced he will run as a Republican for the seat being vacated by Rep. Dale DeWitt, R-Braman. DeWitt is term-limited and cannot run for re-election.

“During my service in the Middle East, I saw the significance of freedom, and I determined that I will never again take it for granted,” said Pfeiffer, who deployed as a Signals Intelligence Marine in Afghanistan in 2011. “I see our freedoms slowly eroding here at home, and I can’t help but become involved.”

Pfeiffer joined the Marine Corps in 2009, after graduating from Mulhall-Orlando High School and attending Oklahoma State University.

“It was an honor to serve my country, but now I’m back home, working the very same land my great-grandparents farmed,” Pfeiffer said. “I aim to bring the same determination and strength I learned in the military to the position of state representative.

“Our rural communities deserve a strong, energetic leader who will support agriculture and fight to protect individual freedoms every day.”

A former FFA district star farmer and president of his high school 4-H club and FFA chapter, Pfeiffer has a strong connection to agriculture. He grew up breeding cows and driving tractors on his family’s farm. He is a member of Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Oklahoma Farm Bureau and American Angus Association.

For his military service, Pfeiffer earned numerous awards, including the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and others.

Pfeiffer lives in Orlando and is a member of Orlando United Methodist Church.

House District 38 stretches across much of rural north-central Oklahoma and includes Grant County, northeastern Garfield County and much of Kay, Noble and Logan counties. The district stretches from the Kansas border south to Crescent and from near Kaw Lake and Ponca City southwest to include parts of Enid and Perry. In Enid, District 38 covers the Brookside Subdivision and land east of 30th and north of Carrier Road.

Grant County businessman Ralph Meade, also a Republican, has said he also will seek the seat.

The filing period is Wednesday through Friday. The primary election will be June 24.

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