DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) — Returning to his home state, Rep. Josh Brecheen (R-District 2) signed his declaration of candidacy for re-election on Tuesday, and he'll be facing a challenger.

"I'm trying to be that motivator in Washington DC to get colleagues to understand the gravity of our financial problem," Brecheen said. "And then to understand that economic prosperity is national security, in addition to our spending and our border."

Serving the 2nd Congressional District since 2023, Brecheen brings experience in his past role as a state senator from 2010 through 2018. His focus is to rein in the nation's debt and deficit spending. 

"The problem is in miles, and these millimeter adjustments on spending are not going to get it done," the Republican said. "We've got to be really serious about cutting spending."

Brandon Wade is the Democratic challenger. He's a third generation union worker serving on the executive board of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 351.

"I'm tired of the dysfunctional government that we have right now; nothing seems to be getting done," Wade said. "I'm a union guy, so the understanding of how to represent people and settle things and come to an agreement is something that I really want to restore back to our government, to be a functional government."

Wade said the focus of his campaign is standing for equality, making education a priority, and addressing rural issues.

"Women's rights is a big thing that we need to do here in Oklahoma," the Democratic candidate said. "It's going to affect Oklahomans. We're one of the worst states with the laws they're passing. We're going to have to get enough candidates in office and put a codify Roe and put that on the president's table so he can sign it."

Wade held a town hall Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. at the Lost Street Brewing Co. in Durant. Brecheen will host a similar event Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Library.