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June 26, 2014

Hooten's race for State Senate comes to a close

DUNCAN — Duncan native David B. Hooten fell short of his goal in his race for State Senate District 40, but he called his first foray into politics a rewarding  journey.

Hooten finished in fourth place with 11.3 percent of the  Republican primary vote for his Oklahoma City area state senate district.

Ervin Yen, who garned 39.1 percent of the vote,  and Steve Kern, who received 20 percent, will meet in a runoff Aug. 23.

“We ran a very clean, competitive race,” said Hooten. “It was respectable, but disappointing. I’m sorry I couldn’t make the runoff. I did the best I could.”

The musician said his time in politics has been a great experience.

“It has been a lot of work. It is such a tremedous important foundation of our freedom. I was honored to be a part of it.”

The defeat has not changed Hooten’s desire to help others and better Oklahoma, he said.

“I am going to find another avenue to help me best serve the people and serve our country,” said Hooten.

For the future, Hooten looks forward to releasing an album he recorded with a music icon who recorded a radop political endorsement for his campaign.

“Pat Boone and I actually have an album that we completed but haven’t released,” he said. “Maybe this will be the catalyst that makes us release it sooner than we were going to.”

Hooten hopes Duncan will continue to remember and support him.

“Go to Homeland, buy a jar of David’s meat sauce and sit down and enjoy it,” said Hooten. “Have a toast and think nicely of me.”

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