Eight file for Senate District 37 special election

Seven Republicans and only one Democrat have filed to run for the special election in Oklahoma Senate District 37.

The top votegetter of a primary on September 12 will face the lone Democrat who filed, Allison Ikley-Freeman.

The Republican candidates are:

  • Brian O’Hara of Jenks
  • Grady Grant of Jenks
  • Brian M. Jackson of Sand Springs
  • Rick Hardesty of Tulsa
  • Nicole Nixon of Tulsa
  • R. Jay McAtee of Sand Springs
  • Phil Nollan of Sand Springs

The seat is open because of the resignation of Sen. Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa. Newberry resigned to pursue his business career. Even though his resignation is not official until January 31, 2018, a special election between Ikley-Freeman and the winner of the GOP primary will take place November 14 and the winner will be seated at the beginning of the 2018 session of the Oklahoma Legislature.

Nollan (Ward 1) and Jackson are city councilors in Sand Springs. Nollan is married to State Rep. Jadine Nollan of Sand Springs. In 2016, Jackson lost to Newberry in the GOP primary.

O’Hara is a former Jenks City Councilor and currently is the deputy district director for U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine.

Nixon works for a metal company and her children attend Remington Elementary, which is scheduled to be closed by the Tulsa School Board to save money.

McAtee is an insurance and workers comp attorney. Grant has a locksmith company.