Steve Russell

Constance Favorite looks over a table filled with mementos in the living room of her bungalow in New Orleans — shoes, a tattered combat boot, an American flag and three photos, each of a smiling young woman. It's her daughter, Airman 1st Class Lakesha Levy.

"If our day didn't look bright, she would brighten it up with her little jokes she would tell. I'd say, 'Lakesha, you really should be a comedian,' " Favorite says.

Headlines for Wednesday, April 8, 2015:

  • Bills keeping cities and towns from banning oil and gas exploration advance in the state House. (Tulsa World)

  • Edmond voters ban the use of electronic signs in their city. (NewsOK)

  • A north Tulsa State Representative is moving on to the Senate. (Tulsa World)

Headlines for Wednesday, February 4, 2015:

  • Tulsa’s School Superintendent-to-be is visiting schools this week. (Tulsa World)

  • The Oklahoma City Council releases a formal six page policy on how and when municipal agencies can take on debt. (Journal Record)

  • The Corporation Commission shuts down an injection well because of earthquakes. (Tulsa World)

Headlines for Thursday, January 8, 2015:

  • State officials are keeping a close eye on oil prices. (Journal Record)
     
  • Oklahoma’s newest Congressman is already finding himself defending a vote he made in Washington. (NewsOK)

  • A new report puts Oklahoma near the bottom in states for educational outcomes. (Oklahoma Watch)

Central Oklahomans are deciding the next Congressman from District 5 between state Senator Al McAffrey and former state Senator Steve Russell.

On Wednesday, October 29, KOSU held a forum which was planned to be a debate between the two candidates.

McAffrey showed up, but Russell did not.

We still had a lively discussion with McAffrey at Picasso's Cafe in Oklahoma City's Paseo District.


Starting tomorrow during early voting, Oklahomans in Congressional District Five are deciding on their fourth Congressman in eight years.

The Democrat and Republican in the general election are each veterans and small businessmen who served in the State Senate.

Former State Senator Steve Russell is meeting with constituents at his headquarters in Oklahoma City.

Russell retired from the U-S Army as a Lieutenant Colonel and even wrote a book about his experiences called, “We Got Him: A Memoir of the Hunt and Capture of Saddam Hussein.”

KOSU is holding a candidate forum during this month's On Tap at Picasso Cafe in Oklahoma City's Paseo District. KOSU's Rachel Hubbard and Michael Cross will be on hand to discuss the various races this election season.

Candidates for Congressional District Five in Central Oklahoma are making a final push to get out the vote for the runoff election in about a week.

The winner hopes to replace Congressman James Lankford who is running for Senate.

A couple of weeks ago, we introduced the two Democrats in the race, today we look at the Republicans.

KOSU’s Michael Cross introduces us to the candidates with experience in both the private and public sectors.

Todd Hiett campaign / http://votetoddhiett.net/

The election to fill the 5th Congressional District seat that opened when James Lankford decided to run for U.S. Senate is going to a run-off on both the Democratic and Republican sides.

Oklahoma State Senate, Oklahoma Corporation Commission, KGOU News

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story did not credit KGOU News for their photos and independent reporting that appear in this story.  We apologize for the error.

Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas and former state Sen. Steve Russell will meet in a runoff election for the Republican nomination in central Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District.