Tulsa police chaplain, small business owner and pastor Danny Stockstill announced he will run for Oklahoma’s 1st District Congressional seat.
U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine said he would not run for a fourth term in 2018. Bridenstine is a top candidate for chief administrator for NASA and if he gets that post, there would be a special election to replace him.
“Sarah and I have two kids, Cobin and Brinlee, and they’re the reason I’m running,” Stockstill said. “Oklahoma kids need Oklahoma futures.”
Stockstill is the third of four children raised by Broken Arrow educators John and Penny Stockstill. He played football and baseball at Broken Arrow High School in the 1990s and was an All-State wrestler who won a wrestling scholarship to Central Missouri State University.
Stockstill is the lead pastor at Brookside Baptist Church in Tulsa and owns two small Tulsa businesses. Grade Power Learning is a franchised learning center that tutors pre-K through college students. Philosophy: A Modern Academy builds on public and private education and offers flexible scheduling for students with specific educational needs.
Stockstill volunteers as a chaplain to first responders and the public and has worked on improving local police and race relations. He is vice president of the Brookside Business Association and a member of the Tulsa County Men’s Republican Club.
“There’s one thing I know about Republicans and Democrats, and I learned it from the friends I’ve made in third-world countries,” Stockstill said. “They taught me that people really aren’t that different. When our basic needs are met, peace and mutual respect become the norms. I wonder what we could accomplish if peace and mutual respect were the norms in Congress?”
Former Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris, State Sen. Nathan Dahm, attorney Andy Coleman and businessman Kevin Hern have also announced they would run for the office. All are Republicans.