Editorial: August 23 runoff endorsements

Tulsa voters will decide four key races in the Republican runoff election on August 23.

All Republicans can vote on the GOP runoff for Tulsa County Court Clerk. Republicans in State House District 67 and Republicans in Senate District 25 and Senate District 39.

Here are our recommendations.

Tulsa County Court Clerk

Ron Phillips faces Donald Newberry.

Both men are qualified for this important job. Phillips has worked as chief deputy in the office for several years and has the endorsement of long-time court clerk Sally Howe Smith.

Newberry, the brother of State Sen. Dan Newberry, has worked in the Tulsa County Assessor’s Office for several years and he has the endorsement of Assessor Ken Yazel.

The winner of the runoff faces Democrat John Andrew on November 8.

Voters can’t go wrong with either Phillips or Newberry.

Tulsa House District 67 (South Tulsa)

Tom McCloud faces Scott McEachin.

McEachin is a local attorney with ties to grassroots conservative groups.

This is an open seat because Rep. Pam Peterson is term limited.

McCloud is the founder and publisher of Community Spirit, a Christian magazine. His wife is a public school teacher. McCloud is a man of great character and he has the business background that is so needed now in state government.

The winner faces Democrat Lori Decker Wright and Libertarian Zac Davis on November 8.

The Tulsa Beacon endorses Tom McCloud as the best choice for House District 67.

Senate District 25

Joe Newhouse and Lisa Kramer

This is an open seat due because Sen. Mike Mazzei is term limited. The winner of the runoff will face Democrat Robert Founds on November 8.

Lisa is a local CPA who previously was president of the Bixby School Board. She says she is “pro-life” but she answered an Oklahomans for Life survey and said she would not vote for a law to make abortion illegal if Roe v. Wade were overturned.

Newhouse is a veteran who worked on the staff of U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine. Newhouse said he would vote to ban abortion as a state law.

The Tulsa Beacon endorses Joe Newhouse in Senate District 25.

Senate District 39

Amanda Teegarden and Dave Rader

This seat is open because Sen. Brian Crain is term limited. The winner of the GOP runoff will face Democrat John Waldron on November 8.

This is a difficult choice because Teegarden and Rader are excellent people.

Teegarden is the former executive director of OK-SAFE, a grassroots organization that seeks to defend constitutional values. She has been very active in fighting for conservative values in the Legislature. Like Sen. Nathan Dahm, Teegarden would read every bill and not vote for any she hasn’t seen.

Dave Rader is the former quarterback and coach for Tulsa University. He is a man of impeccable character and he has devoted his career to building up young men. He is the former vice chairman of the Tulsa County Republican Party.

The Tulsa Beacon endorses Amanda Teegarden because of her familiarity with the workings of the Legislature but Dave Rader would be a good choice, too.