House, Senate seats are up for grabs

Four Republican runoff primaries – including two senate seats – and one Democrat runoff will be on the August 23 ballot.

Two open Senate seats, now held by term-limited Republicans, are up for grabs while there will be two House runoff races, one Democrat and one Republican. Also, county Republicans will decide the race for Tulsa County Court Clerk.

The City of Jenks will also have a special utility franchise election and the City of Bixby will hold a bond election on August 23. Bixby has four propositions to finance improvements to streets, drainage, public safety equipment, improvements to Bentley Park and work at Bixhoma Lake.

Senate District 25 (Republican runoff)

Joe Newhouse versus Lisa Kramer

Newhouse, a Broken Arrow native, was a jet pilot in the U.S. Navy. He was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and flew combat missions during the Iraq War. He later became an instructor at a Navy flight school.

Newhouse has a master’s degree from Chapman University. He worked as a field representative for U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine and Bridenstine has endorsed his campaign. Republican Bob Jack, who came in third in the primary, has endorsed Newhouse as the “only true conservative” in the runoff.

Newhouse is a board member for Coffee Bunker, a veteran service organization. He is a Realtor and owns his own business.

Newhouse is in the Navy Reserve and is a military advisor to NATO.

Newhouse favors a $3,000 annual pay raise for teachers. He wants to consolidate underperforming school districts. Newhouse endorses the School Choice Tax Credit and wants to lessen the number of mandatory tests. He would emphasize career education and reform higher education to push STEM programs.

Newhouse wants more investment in roads and bridges. He would protect the constitutional rights under the Second Amendment.

Newhouse and his family attend Riveroaks Presbyterian Church.

Kramer has an accounting degree from Tulsa University. She is controller of Affiliated Entities for United Beef Corporation (Arby’s).

Kramer has served two terms on the Bixby School Board.

Kramer says she is a Christian and that her faith is “the most important aspect of her life.” When asked by a candidate survey from Oklahomans for Life, Kramer answered that she would not support a law to outlaw abortion in Oklahoma should Roe v. Wade ever be overturned.

She advocates a “strong education system” and wants to “elevate the value placed on our teachers…” She said the state auditor should have the power to launch an investigative audit.

She was endorsed by the liberal Tulsa World in the primary election. She has received contributions from educators, including OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett, retired teacher Jayne Bowen, retirees Matt and Jocelyn Olson (Bixby Schools) and Thad and Andrea Satterfield (Bartlesville Public Schools).

The winner of the GOP runoff will face Democrat Robert Founds on November 8.

Senate District 39 (Republican runoff)

Amanda Teegarden versus Dave Rader

Teegarden was executive director of OK-SAFE, a radio host, a national speaker and a licenses insurance provider. As director of OK-SAFE, she did exhaustive research on proposed legislation. She said she would not cast a vote for any bill without reading it first.

Teegarden has been on the forefront of the fight against Obamacare in Oklahoma.

She is pro-life and is dedicated to her Christian walk.  Teegarden promises to secure funding for education and teacher pay while rejecting special interest projects that take funds from education and infrastructure.

She has been endorsed by OK2A, a state organization promoting the right to bear arms. And she was endorsed by U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine.

Dr. Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, has endorsed Teegarden. “Amanda Teegarden is an honest and trustworthy conservative,” Piper said. “She understands our state’s constitution about as well as anyone I know and she has already proven to be a tireless defender of it and the freedoms it promises. My endorsement is unequivocal and without hesitation. Amanda will be an outstanding senator.”

Rader was a standout quarterback at Will Rogers High School and later starred at The University of Tulsa. He had a brief pro career before being named head coach for the Golden Hurricane.

He lists protection of the unborn as a top priority. He wants to protect the constitutional rights of freedom of speech, the right to bear arms and the 10th Amendment, which is supposed to limit the powers of the federal government.

He says his core concerns are creation of jobs, support of education and transportation needs.

Rader wants to make the state attractive for corporations, businesses and entrepreneurs by strengthening the work force through public schools and vocational education.

Former U.S. Rep. Steve Largent, who also starred at TU, has endorsed Rader. “I’ve known Dave Rader for more than 40 years and I have tremendous confidence in his ability to be an outstanding State Senator representing the people of District 39,” said Largent. “Dave possesses numerous essential qualities to be effective in the Oklahoma Senate, and I believe his combination of intellect, compassion, integrity, leadership and conviction in his beliefs make him well-deserving of your support.”

The winner faces Democrat John Waldron on November 8.

House District 67 (Republican runoff)

Tom McCloud versus Scott McEachin

This seat is open because Rep. Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa, is term limited.

McCloud is the founder and publisher of Community Spirit, a Christian magazine in Tulsa. He has been endorsed by State Rep. Ken Walker, former TU football coach Dave Rader, former KCFO station manager Ken Staley, Jenks football coach Allan Trimble, former Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris, Danny Cahill (winner of NBC’s The Biggest Loser in season eight) and Tulsa Beacon publisher Charles Biggs.

McCloud has also been endorsed by fellow Republican John Croisant, who came in third in the District 67 primary.

McCloud wants to improve Oklahoma’s image and use market principles he has learned as a businessman. He will push to protect religious liberty, defend free speech and promote a pro-family culture.

McCloud supports traditional marriage, the right to bear arms and is pro-life.

McCloud, whose wife is a public school teacher, wants higher teacher salaries and more efficiency in school administration.

“We must re-establish a culture based on a belief in a moral code of ‘right’ and ‘wrong,’ rather than our current direction of finding only absolutes through what the supreme court defines ‘legal’ and ‘illegal,’” McCloud wrote on his website.

Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn has endorsed McEachin. He is an attorney.

He has a degree from The University of California at Santa Barbara and a law degree from The University of Oklahoma.

McEachin is a member of The Federalist Society, a group of lawyers whose stated purpose, in part, provides for “…reordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law.”

McEachin is pro-life and supports the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment. He stands for preservation of religious liberty and disagrees with the federal overreach with the states.

McEachin said the state is too dependent of oil and gas revenue and Oklahoma’s economy needs to be more diversified.

The winner of the GOP runoff will face Democrat Lori Decker Wright and Libertarian Zac Davis on November 8.

House District 16 (Democrat runoff)

Anna Dearmore versus Ronnie Kell

This seat is open because Democrat Rep. Jerry Shoemake is term limited.

Anna Dearmore is a retired magazine publisher. She and her husband moved to Okmulgee in 2006. She graduated from Okmulgee High School. She advocates more funding for public education, a “fair wage” and decriminalizing marijuana.

Ronnie Kell started a cattle and pecan ranch in Okmulgee County at an early age and later trained as a plumber/pipefitter and medical gas technician. He wants to eliminate state tax credits to create jobs. He is opposed to right-to-work laws and is against abortion as birth control.

Tulsa County Court Clerk (Republican runoff)

Ron Phillips versus Donald Newberry

This is an open seat because of the retirement of Sally Howe Smith. The winner will be elected because no Democrat filed.

Phillips is Special Projects Director for the Tulsa County Court Clerk’s Office. After receiving his degree in business administration, Phillips over a 15-year period worked in management with Williams Energy, Vyvx, Williams Communications, Cinergy and Altegrity.  Phillips said he is a fiscally conservative Republican who will make certain that the Tulsa County Court Clerk’s Office is effectively managed and produces results consistent with the interests of the Citizens of Tulsa County.

A native Tulsan, Phillips attends Redeemer Covenant Church. He has been endorsed by Smith, who is retiring. Phillips has also been endorsed by former State Rep. Fred Perry, former Tulsa County Clerk Joan Hastings and former Tulsa County Clerk Earlene Wilson.

Newberry is the title research manager in the Tulsa County Assessor’s Office. Before that, he worked in the mortgage business.

Newberry said his goal is to promote fiscal responsibility and encourage efficiency in county government. Newberry is a deacon at Memorial Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He has a MBA degree from Liberty University and a law degree from the TU Law School.

Newberry has been endorsed by the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police. His brother is State Sen. Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa. Tulsa County Assessor Ken Yazel and Michael Bates of have endorsed Donald Newberry.