Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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June 20, 2008

PV resident seeks 4th District Congressional seat

Pauls Valley resident Blake Cummings is about two years ahead of himself.

The independent oil and gas consultant has been active in politics for several years and was planning on possibly running for an elected office in 2010.

“When the filing period started earlier this month I kept waiting to see who would be the Democratic candidate for Oklahoma’s Congressional District 4 seat,” he told the Daily Democrat.

As the deadline for filing for political office neared, no Democrat had yet stepped forward to challenge Congressman Tom Cole’s candidacy.

“I thought then, ‘Maybe this is the time for me go for it.’ So, I filed for office,” Cummings said.

Cummings said he has nothing against Cole. “I just felt it’s time for a change in the Fourth District and that’s why I decided to run,” he said.

Painting himself as a moderate Democrat, Cummings said he holds certain conservative values that most Democrats in Oklahoma appreciate.

“I’m for a strong military, income tax reform and I’m opposed to abortion as a form of birth control. These are some of the conservative values that Oklahomans have and I support,” he said.

Born in Muskogee, Cummings graduated from Kinta High School, located in southeastern Oklahoma, and attended the University of Oklahoma, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Petroleum Land Management.

A registered Choctaw and lifelong Democrat, he has been active in the oil and gas industry as a land consultant for most of his adult life.

“Of course the biggest concern Oklahomans have right now is the high price of gas and how it is affecting every facet of our lives,” he said.

Cummings said oil and gas companies are being taken to task over the high price of oil and believes strongly in breaking the nation’s addiction to foreign oil.

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