ARDMORE, Okla. -- State Senator Andrew Rice actually announced his candidacy Wednesday in Oklahoma City, where he is currently in his first year representing District 46.
Rice says his campaign will be based on a needed change for Oklahoma.
Rice grew up in Oklahoma City and attended school at Harvard. He says he decided to take a step towards politics after he lost his brother in the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001.
He was elected to the state senate in 2006.
Rice says he decided to run when he saw the direction current Senator Jim Inhofe was taking Oklahoma.
Rice believes Oklahomans want change and plans on starting off with a current problem that is weighing heavy on Carter County residents’ minds-- gas prices.
"Whatever role we can take to protect consumers from gouging, to make sure there is healthy competition, there’s a list of problems, so it’s a difficult problem, and I know it’s something a lot of Oklahomans are worried about."
Rice plans to make several public meetings and speaking engagements around southern Oklahoma before the primary in late July of 2008.