Crowded Ballot

June 28 ballot will have federal, state, county, city primaries

Tulsans may vote for up to 10 city, county and federal races on a loaded primary ballot on June 28.

Republicans and Democrats could see on their ballots – depending on where they vote – primary races for the U.S. Senate (Sen. James Lankford’s seat); U.S. House of Representatives (Rep. Jim Bridenstine and Rep. Markwayne Mullin); Oklahoma Senate; Oklahoma House; mayor of Tulsa (Dewey Bartlett); Tulsa City Council; Tulsa County Sheriff (Sheriff Vic Regalado); Tulsa County Clerk; Tulsa County Court Clerk and Tulsa County Commissioner (Commissioner Karen Keith).

If needed, a runoff election will be August 23 and the general election, which includes the presidential vote, is November 8.

Here is a rundown of some aspects of this year’s votes.

State Senate Races

Unlike 2014, when there were no general election senate races in Tulsa County, there are six races this year – including two open seats due to term limits.

Sen. Mike Mazzei of District 25 and Sen. Brian Crain of District 39 are term limited.

In District 25, Joe Newhouse and Bob Jack, both of Broken Arrow, face Craig Murray of Jenks and Lisa Kramer of Bixby in the June 28 Republican primary. Robert Founds of Bixby is the lone Democrat who will face the GOP winner in November.

In the other open seat in District 39, the Republican candidates are Amanda Teegarden (former executive director of OK-SAFE), Dave Rader (former head football coach at The University of Tulsa), Rick Poplin and businessman Alan Staab. John Waldron is the lone Democrat.

In District 35 in South Tulsa, Sen. Gary Stanislawski was the lone Republican to file and will face Democrat Thomas Ryan and Libertarian Frank Grove in November.

Three Broken Arrow Republicans and two Broken Arrow Democrats filed in Senate District 33. Sen. Nathan Dahm will face Republican challengers Patrick Pershing and Larry Curtis while Democrats Randal E. Burris and Kimberly Fobbs will be on the primary ballot.

Sen. Dan Newberry drew six opponents in Senate District 37. The Democrats are Cory Gage, Andrew Nutter and Lloyd Snow. Newberry, Brian Jackson and Paula Patterson are the Republican candidates and Shawn W. Ketcher is the Independent.

In District 11, Sen. Kevin Matthews faces fellow Democrat Darrell Knox.

New sheriff in town?

Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado won his office in a special election on April 5 and was sworn in April 11. That same week, he filed for re-election and will face a primary opponent June 28.

That’s 83 days between elections.

Regalado faces fellow Republican Luke Sherman, who ran against him in an earlier primary this spring, and Republican Russell Crow in the June 28 vote. Democrat Rex Berry, who lost to Regalado April 5, filed and will face fellow Democrat Arthur Jackson on June 28.