Tulsa area primary voters will have several State Senate races to decide June 28, including two open seats and three involving incumbent senators.
Here are capsules of those races.
This is an open seat due to Sen. Brian Crain being term limited.
Amanda Teegarden is the former executive director of OK-SAFE, a grassroots organization that adheres to constitutional principles. She has hosted a radio show, was a national speaker and is a licensed Oklahoma insurance provider. She is an outspoken Christian and 100 percent pro-life.
Teegarden has fought for governmental transparency, constitutional property rights, the right to bear arms and traditional marriage. She has been endorsed by Dr. Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
Dave Rader was a star quarterback at The University of Tulsa and later head coach for 12 seasons. He also coached at Alabama, Mississippi and Mississippi State. He and his family attend First Baptist Church in Tulsa.
Rader wrote a book, Missing Page from the Playbook – Fundamentals Behind the Physical, Mental and Emotional Elements of Commitment. Rader is a former vice chairman of the Tulsa County Republican Party. He has worked with John 3:16 Mission, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and other nonprofit groups.
Rader has been endorsed by former U.S. Rep. Steve Largent, who was also a standout football player at TU and in the NFL.
Alan Staab is president of Golden Gas Service Company and owner of Gold Team Realty Group and The Ranch Property Company.
He is a member of the board of directors of St. Gregory’s University, the Friends of Catholic Education and the Newman Center at The University of Tulsa. He is a member of Christ the King Catholic Church. “I have never been in politics,” he wrote on his website. “Instead, I’ve been devoted to my wife and raising a family, growing a business and building a community. The reason I have chosen to run for the State Senate now is simple. I know I can help.”
Rick Poplin is the son of an Air Force pilot and a schoolteacher. Poplin is a decorated combat veteran and a fighter squadron commander. He flew 72 combat missions over Iraq.
Poplin believes in limited government and defending against liberal politicians and politically correct laws. He wants more spending on public education in combination with reforms
State Sen. Nathan Dahm is seeking his second term. His legislation, which would strip the medical license away from any doctor who performs an abortion, passed in both houses but was vetoed by Gov. Mary Fallin.
Dahm has worked to streamline government and last year eliminated an unnecessary state agency. He has consistently voted against tax increases and state bond packages. He prefers a free-market approach to public education and is a staunch supporter of the U.S. Constitution, especially the right to bear arms.
Patrick Pershing was a route supervisor with Reddy Ice Corporation and is now employed as a service representative with Solaray in Sapulpa. He says he is pro-life and believes public education needs more funding.
“Oklahoma must step up investment in its education system for our economic future,” Pershing wrote on his website. “Because, with few exceptions, the states where workers earn the highest wages are the states with the most educated citizens.”
Larry Curtis is an urban planner and member of the Indian Nations Council of Governments board of directors.
Randal E. Burris is an associate veterinarian at Arrow Springs Animal Hospital since 2007. He is an active member of St. Benedict’s Church in Broken Arrow, a member of the Knights of Columbus, a volunteer with Tulsa County 4-H and with the Pride of Broken Arrow, and he helps provide medical care to the Canine Officers of the Broken Arrow Police Department.
Kimberly Fobbs and her husband, Anthony Fobbs, own Big Anthony’s BBQ and she also owns a consulting and marketing firm, the FCG Group. She formerly served on the Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Commission.
This is an open seat due to Sen. Mike Mazzei being term limited. Four Republicans are seeking the nomination.
Bob Jack is a local businessman who is a former senior vice president at Manhattan Construction. He serves on the board of John 3:16 Mission and until recently, he was an executive committee board member of the Oklahoma Chamber.
He and his family attend Fellowship Bible Church.
After graduating from Georgetown University with a major in International Economics, Broken Arrow native Joe Newhouse became a jet pilot in the U.S. Navy. Assigned to the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Nimitz, then Lt. Newhouse flew multiple combat missions in the EA-6B Prowler during the Iraq War providing aerial coverage to Marine convoys over Fallujah and Baghdad, ultimately earning the Air Medal.
After the war, he was transferred to Pensacola to teach fighter tactics at Navy flight school, where he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander. He and his family are active members of RiverOaks Presbyterian Church.
He is a Realtor broker and runs his own business. He continues to serve part-time in the Navy Reserve as a military advisor to NATO and was recently promoted to Commander, making him one of the Navy’s youngest Commanders at only 38 years old.
He is a former staff member for U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine.
Lisa Kramer is a Bixby CPA who is the controller of Affiliated Entities for United States Beef Corporation. She is in the second term on the Bixby School Board.
According to her campaign literature, “As a mother, I believe it is our moral obligation to give our children a high quality education.”
Craig Murray and his family attend First Baptist Church in Jenks. He joined the Tulsa Police Department in 1979 and is the middle generation of three generations of policemen in his family.
Murray is a member of Leadership Tulsa and served on the board of the Associated Centers of Tulsa and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma. Murray continues to serve on the Board of Directors with SAFE KIDS – Tulsa.
Senate District 37
Cory Gage and Andrew Nutter plus former Sand Springs Superintendent Lloyd Snow will be on the primary ballot. Snow is a member of Leadership Oklahoma.
Sen. Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa, is in the mortgage banking industry. He is vice president of the real estate operations at TTCU Credit Union. He was first elected in 2008. He is the chairman of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee and serves as Senate Majority Whip. Newberry and his family attend Victory Christian Center. He has a degree from Oral Roberts University.
Brian Jackson, a Sand Springs city councilor, has worked for Junior Achievement of Oklahoma. His wife teaches in public schools. The family attends CrossPoint Church. He is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa and a member of the Sand Springs Rotary Club and Salvation Army Advisory Council.
Paula L. Patterson, Sand Springs, is the other challenger to Newberry.
Senate District 11
Sen. Kevin Matthews received a degree in Fire Protection Technology and served 25 years with the Tulsa Fire Department. He retired in January 2010 as the Administrative Fire Chief, Chief of Personnel.
Rep. Matthews was sworn into his first term with the House on November 14, 2012. In December 2013, Matthews was one of only 20 legislators chosen to attend a White House briefing in the West Wing of the Obama White House. Matthews is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Oklahoma, Class XXVIII.
Darrell Knox owns Sweet Lisa’s, a business with two locations in North Tulsa.