Oklahoman joins Presidential race

Monday, January 14th 2008, 5:43 pm
By: News 9

By Amy Lester, NEWS 9

A new candidate is running for President, and he lives right here in Oklahoma.

Ponca City is where the Presidential hopeful resides. His name is Richard Fleharty. He's running as an Independent and his slogan is "Take a chance, your choice, your future".

We caught up with him in his campaign office, in downtown Ponca City. He already filed with the federal government to run; he now needs more than 40,000 signatures to get his name on the ballot here. He's working on that and trying to fulfill ballot requirements in other states. He's anti-immigration, pro-choice, in favor of pulling the troops out of Iraq and wants everyone to have access to health care. Fleharty says he always wanted to run and believes he can win.

"It ain't just like the last four or ten years, it's been a long time coming," Richard Fleharty said. "I think about this stuff every day; problems and how to fix it, and this and that."

Fleharty's a Ponca City native and runs Fleharty Engineering. So far, he's spent $10 thousand so far on his campaign.

Fleharty is asking Oklahoma to contribute to his campaign. He hopes to raise enough money to buy a motor home and travel the country campaigning.

You can find more information at http://www.flehartyusa.com.