In a special election on November 14, voters in Senate District 34 elected a lesbian (who is married to another woman).
By 31 votes.
Democrat Allison Ikley-Freeman got 2,234 votes while Republican Brian O’Hara received 2,203 votes.
Ikley-Freeman married Dawn Michelle Ikley in March this year.
Voters in that district were mostly unaware of Ikley-Freeman’s lifestyle choice because it was not mentioned in the news media (except in the Tulsa Beacon) prior to the election. Tulsa World reports failed to mention her marriage but on November 15 – the day after the election, a story about the results called her “a lesbian.” Radio stations and TV stations who covered the election did not mention her sexual orientation or her lesbian marriage.
Democrat National Committee Chairman Tom Perez praised Ikley-Freeman for her victory.
“The DNC is proud to have invested in this race and we will continue working with the Oklahoma Democratic Party to elect Democrats up and down the ballot,” Perez said in the Washington Blade, a homosexual newspaper in Washington, D.C.
Former Maryland governor and Democrat presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley came to Tulsa to stump for Ikley-Freeman.
The District 37 Senate seat was open because Sen. Dan Newberry, R–Tulsa, resigned to pursue a business opportunity. Ikley-Freeman will be up for re-election in 2020.
In another special legislative race, Republican Ross Ford beat Democrat Chris VanLandingham, 1,544 to 715 (68-32 percent) in House District 76 in Broken Arrow. That seat was open due to the untimely death of Rep. David Brumbaugh earlier this year.
In other November 14 election results:
- City of Tulsa voters approved seven amendments to the city charter.
- Bixby voters approved a utility proposition 139-54 (72-28 percent);
- Sand Springs voters approved five propositions 1,060 to 466 (70-30 percent); 1,016 to 512 (66-34 percent); 900-555 (62-38 percent) and 849 to 607 (58-42 percent).