No conservative to support
Tulsa County voters in District 3 can go to polls on August 13 in a special election to replace Commissioner Fred Perry, who is retiring before the end of his term.
The Republican nominee is Ron Peters and the Democrat is John Bomar.
From a policy standpoint, there doesn’t seem to be much difference between the two. Normally, voters might assume that the Democrat is liberal and the Republican is conservative but that doesn’t seem to be the case here. The Democrat is not that liberal and the Republican is not very conservative.
While in the Oklahoma House, Peters was one of a handful of Republicans who voted with Brad Henry to bring casino gambling and the “education” lottery to the state.
Peters was routinely ranked as one of the most liberal Republicans in the caucus. He was in office 12 years and forced out by term limits.
Bomar, a veteran, has worked as a construction manager for the county. It is unlikely that a Democrat can be elected in the Third District, where registered Republicans outnumbers Democrats four to one.
This is an expensive and unnecessary election. Whoever wins will be up for re-election 15 months later in 2014.
Most of the district voters are conservative and they have no champion in this race. Many will stay home and not vote in this one because of the candidates and because elections should not be held in August when school is resuming and everyone is very busy.
The Tulsa Beacon has no endorsement in this race.