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Daughter Files for Late Father's House Seat (Aug 23, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The 28-year-old daughter of a Republican lawmaker who died in office is the latest to throw her hat into the race for the vacant House seat.

Bethany Farley, an independent from Idabel, filed a declaration of candidacy on Tuesday, the second of a three-day filing period at the state Capitol for House District 1.

The seat in McCurtain County became vacant when Farley's father — first-term Republican Rep. Rusty Farley of Haworth — died on July 4 after suffering a pulmonary aneurysm.

Another independent filed for the seat on Tuesday, 20-year-old James Skipper of Smithville.

Five other political hopefuls — two Democrats and three Republicans — filed for the seat on Monday.

A primary election is set for Nov. 8, with a general election planned for Feb. 14.

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