William M. Sanders

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William Sanders
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Oklahoma, District 3
High schoolBroken Bow High School (1988)
Bachelor'sOklahoma State University (1998) (2001)
Military service
Service/branchArmy National Guard
Years of service1999 – 2011
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William Sanders was a 2012 Independent candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Oklahoma. It is his first time running for office.[1]

Sanders earned Bachelor's of Science degrees in Biology and Political Science from Oklahoma State University.[1]


Campaign themes


In information submitted to Ballotpedia, Sanders outlined his political philosophy and campaign themes:

"A drive away from partisan politics and a return to practical legislation. Limiting the undue influence of special interest groups. Stabilizing our economy and both ensuring our security and our civil rights."[1]

"I don't believe in slogans or sound bytes...I feel that there should be term limits for elected officials, and that there should be limits in campaign contributions, particularly regarding PACs, issue ads, and "soft money." I feel Citizen's United was a very bad precedent, and that it is an undermining element in our democracy. I feel we should make an effort to retain our manufacturing sectors, and improve our education, health and welfare systems. I also feel we should scale back on international military missions, unless they are undeniably vital to our national interests."[1]



See also: Oklahoma's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Sanders was defeated by incumbent Frank D. Lucas.[2] Sanders ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Oklahoma's 3rd District. He sought the nomination on the Independent ticket. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Timothy Ray Murray 20% 53,472
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFrank D. Lucas Incumbent 75.3% 201,744
     Independent William M. Sanders 4.8% 12,787
Total Votes 268,003
Source: Oklahoma Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

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