Seven Republicans will be on the ballot on September 12 in a special primary election to fill a seat in Oklahoma Senate District 37.
The winner of the primary will face Democrat Allison Ikley-Freeman in a special election November 14.
That seat is open because Sen. Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa, is resigning to take a job in the private sector.
The GOP field has several moderates who believe in higher taxes, bigger government and several other issues that are not associated with Republican politics. This is a problem for Republicans in Oklahoma because the GOP leadership in the Legislature and the governor want to increase taxation to grow government. That is not a conservative position.
The best candidate in the field in former Jenks City Councilor Brian O’Hara. O’Hara not only has extensive business experience but he has recently served on the congressional staff of U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Oklahoma. You could argue that Bridenstine is the most conservative congressman in the nation and undoubtedly the staunchest conservative in the Oklahoma delegation.
Bridenstine has endorsed O’Hara. O’Hara will admit that he is not as conservative as Bridenstine – but who is.
O’Hara has a well-deserved reputation for listening to constituents and providing service. That is a big part of what elected officials should do. He has the knowledge of how government works on the local level from his time in Jenks.
The other Republican candidates are Grady Grant, Brian M. Jackson, Rick Hardesty, Nicole Nixon, R. Jay McAtee and Phil Nollan.
Brian O’Hara is known for his experience and service. He is a dedicated Christian and family man.
The Tulsa Beacon endorses Brian O’Hara for Senate District 37 on September 12.