(The following is a press release sent to Blue Oklahoma.)
Billy Coyle, a U.S. Marine and Oklahoma City criminal defense attorney, will announce on Tuesday, April 6th, 2010, that he will be seeking the Democratic nomination for the 5th Congressional District, a seat being vacated by Congresswoman Mary Fallin. The press conference will begin at 10 a.m. in the State Capitol 4th floor press room (#432B).
“I’m tired of all the partisan politics taking place in Washington while our economy remains stagnant and jobs continue to be shipped overseas. This race is not about party affiliation,” stated Coyle.
“I’m not running for Congress because I need a job, nor am I a politician looking for a government career. I want to be the Congressman looking out for the people of Oklahoma. No one came to me and said run for office. I am doing this because I am tired of big government, big insurance, and big politics. I am convinced that I can make a difference.”
As a native Oklahoman, Coyle’s family roots run deep. How deep? An Oklahoma town just northeast of the metro area was named after his ancestors. “My heart and soul is in this race for Oklahoma and I will fight for the values we expect from our elected officials, not those of some lobbyist on the east coast dictating them for us,” said Coyle.
Coyle is asking constituents throughout the 5th District what issues are most important to them to truly be able to represent the views and concerns of Oklahomans. “Energy is a priority. The time is now to quit depending on foreign oil when we have the solutions right here in Oklahoma, such as the abundance of natural gas and wind energy.” Coyle believes in providing incentives for all phases of energy research and production.
Even though Oklahoma’s unemployment rate is lower than most states (6.7%), Coyle says job creation and retention are crucial to Oklahoma’s economic recovery. “We continue to have American jobs going overseas while our elected officials have become complacent. That’s wrong and un-American. Very little is ‘Made in America’ and I want that to change.”
As a United States Marine, Coyle is tired of our veterans taking a back seat when it comes to budget concerns. “Right now, we have veterans who are unable to get the attention they deserve from the very country they fought to defend,” stated Coyle.
A graduate of Florida State University and the University of Oklahoma School of Law, Coyle is a practicing attorney in Oklahoma City. Billy is married to Heather, an assistant district attorney for Oklahoma County and they have one son together, Jack.