ADA — Todd Thomsen’s decision to run for the state Legislature’s District 25 seat wasn’t made overnight.

“I prayed a great deal about running for office,” he said. “The answer I received was to go for it. And my wife Melanie also supported the decision.”

Thomsen, a Republican, has never run for office before.

Thomsen, 38, has served almost 16 years as southeast Oklahoma’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes coordinator.

He graduated from Sapulpa High School in 1985 and from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems in 1989. After graduation he was asked to fill in as the FCA representative at Enid for a few months. In 1990 he accepted the full-time job at Ada.

“This is a great place to raise a family,” Thomsen said. “Our family has been embraced by the community.”

What would Thomsen bring to the state House if elected?

“I think it’s time we got back to basics,” he said. “We need a better environment for our students and teachers. I want to be a part of making the lives of District 25 better in the present and in the future.”

Athletics has always been important to Thomsen. When he was 11 years old, he represented the Dallas Cowboys in the national semifinals of the Ford Punt, Pass and Kick competition.

Thomsen was an outstanding athlete at Sapulpa. He was the starting quarterback, punter and kicker for the Chieftains. Also, he captured the state wrestling title (178-pound class) during an undefeated season. At OU, he was a punter and kickoff specialist. He was part of the a national championship football squad.

Thomsen was selected to the All Big-8 (now Big 12) Academic and All-American teams. He continues to serve as a voluntary kicking coach for the Ada Cougars.

“As the southeast Oklahoma area representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, I have been on the front lines, impacting the lives of many young Oklahomans,” he said. “I run summer sports camps, organize youth-based activities and go into schools and challenge young Oklahomans to impact the world for Christ through athletics, service, teamwork and excellence.”

David Nimmo is Thomsen’s campaign manager, while Michael O’Brien is treasurer.

There’s another special reason why Thomsen is seeking a post in the state House.

“It is said that no parent should have to bury their child,” he said.

But in 1994, our son Tal was diagnosed with a brain stem spinal chord tumor. After more than 80 procedures, long hospital stays and many surgeries, Tal passed away. Melanie and I cherish and will never forget the tremendous outpouring of love and assistance from our community during Tal’s illness. Now I want to give back to that same community by serving in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.”

Thomsen — who is licensed as a minister to marry couples — said strong marriages translate into strong families and a better Oklahoma.

“I believe that we need to get back to conservative, traditional values,” he said.

If elected, Thomsen said he hoped to continue in some capacity with FCA.

“I have been encouraged by several people who I greatly respect to run for the District 25 seat,” he said. “If I am sent to the State House, I’m going to do my very best to serve the people in my district. I stand for conservative values while being progressive in an attempt to make our area an even better place to live.”

Thomsen said some of his priorities include education, medical care and the on-going water dispute with landowners on the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer.

“I look forward to meeting old and new friends on the campaign trail,” he said. “I will appreciate your vote on July 25 in the primary election.”

The filing period is June 5-7, according to the Pontotoc County Election Board. The primary election is July 25. If a runoff is needed, it will be held Aug. 2. The general election is Nov. 7.

Candidates for state offices file at the State Election Board in Oklahoma City.

Incumbents are County Assessor Mike Reynolds, County Treasurer Glenda Bonderman, District 1 Commissioner Gary Starns, District 3 Commissioner Winford Wood, Court Clerk Ernestine Eubank, County Clerk Pam Walker, District Judge Tom Landrith, Associate District Judge Martha Kilgore and District Attorney Bill Peterson.

Oklahoma House District 25 will also be open because state Rep. Bob Plunk, D-Ada, can’t seek re-election because of term limits.

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