Elections for replacement legislators

Governor Mary Fallin ordered special elections to fill the vacancies in Oklahoma Senate District 44, caused by the resignation of Ralph Shortey, and House District 46, caused by Rep. Scott Martin’s decision to resign effective May 31.  The filing period for both special elections is May 1-3. The special primary election is set for July 11 and the special general election is scheduled for Sept. 12.

In the event a special primary election is not necessary, the special general election will be July 11. Shortey, of Oklahoma City, and Martin, of Norman, announced their decisions to resign last month.

Oklahoma City Republican Joe Griffin announced that he will be a candidate in the upcoming Senate District 44 Special Election.  The district includes portions of southwestern Oklahoma County and eastern Canadian County.

Griffin is a former FOX 25 TV reporter.  He is a OKC southsider and attends Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  Griffin previously served as press secretary for two Republican Speakers of the House.

“We need a business environment that promotes work, savings and investment.  For too long, economic growth has been limited in our state by unreasonable regulation and government red tape, abusive lawsuits and high taxes.  I will be a voice for the job creators and working men and women of Senate District 44,” Griffin said.

Griffin said families have to live within their means; government should too.

“We need balanced budgets and prioritized spending,” Griffin said.  “This will ensure that government priorities, like quality roads and schools, receive proper funding, without squeezing taxpayers to fund wasteful bureaucracy, handouts and needless programs.”