Deadline for Aug. 8 HD 76 election

Voters in Tulsa County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the August 8 State House District 76 Special Primary Election or the City of Glenpool Special Utility Franchise Election, should apply now, County Election Board Secretary Gwen Freeman said.

Although the County Election Board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. on August 2, Freeman urged voters who want to vote by absentee ballot to apply early.

Absentee ballot application forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 555 N. Denver Ave. An online version of the form can be filled out and submitted electronically at: A print form can also be downloaded at that address.

Ballots must be in the hands of County Election Board officials by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

Republican candidates for District 76 are:

  • Shelley Brumbaugh, David Brumbaugh’s widow.
  • Cliff Johns, 37, an attorney and educator who has run for office unsuccessfully before.
  • Brian Elliott, a Union High School math teacher.
  • Ross Ford, a retired law officer.
  • Suzanne Dodson, a STEM educator.
  • Jess Guthrie, a business owner.

The two Democrats are:

  • Chris Vanlandingham, a Cascia Hall history and religion teacher.
  • Forrest Mayer, a science educator.

Democrat Karen Gaddis got 52 percent of the vote to defeat Republican Tressa Nunley in the special election for state representative for House District 75 on July 11.

Gaddis got 994 votes – 108 more than Nunley who got 886 votes. That seat was open after former Rep. Dan Kirby, a Republican, resigned in the wake of sexual harassment charges.

Republicans lost two seats to Democrats on July. In Senate District 44, Democrat Michael Brooks beat Republican Joe Griffin by a margin of 55-45 percent. That district is mostly in South Oklahoma City.