Tulsa County voters will have at least three primary races to decide June 28 but those contests will involve only two incumbents.
District 2 County Commissioner Karen Keith faces challenger Deanna Vincent in a Democrat primary while Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado goes against Luke Sherman and Russell Crow in the Republican primary.
The races for Tulsa County Clerk and Tulsa County Court Clerk are open due to the retirement of Court Clerk Sally Howe Smith and County Clerk Pat Key.
The most contested race is for Sheriff, where Regalado beat Rex Berry in a special election on April 5 to replace longtime Sheriff Stanley Glanz, who resigned under pressure and who faces misdemeanor charges for actions he took in office.
Less than a week after winning that election, Regaldo filed for a full term. He beat fellow Republican Luke Sherman on April 5 and Sherman will challenge him again on June 28. The other Republican in that primary is Russell Crow.
Two Democrats, Berry and Arthur Jackson, will be on the primary ballot.
In the race for Tulsa County commissioner, Keith faces fellow Democrat Deanna Vincent while on the Republican side, Josh Turley and Jonathan Grable are on the primary ballot.
No Democrat filed for county clerk. Republicans Nancy Rothman and Michael Willis are the only candidates and the winner will be the new clerk.
Three Republicans and one Democrat filed for county court clerk. Democrat John Andrew will face the winner of the GOP primary, which includes Donald Newberry, Ron Phillips and Mary Atkinson.
Vic Regalado, Republican
Regalado was the Gang Unit Supervisor in the Special Investigations Division (evening shift) for the Tulsa Police Department. Regalado was lead homicide detective in 81 homicides, including some of Tulsa’s highest profile cases. He supervised a Special Investigations Gang Unit, served on the Tulsa Police SWAT team for nearly a decade, and has been an instructor for the Council on Law Enforcement and Education Training (CLEET).
Regalado has been a Police Academy instructor, he has interview police candidates, he served on three officer-involved shooting review boards, and he was a field training officer.
The Tulsa Beacon endorsed Regalado in the special election and so did former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating and former Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris.
Luke Sherman, Republican
Sherman wrote on his website, “In a rapidly changing world it is not enough to keep the status quo, we need comprehensive changes that will allow departments to work together and leverage both our collective knowledge and resources in order to be good stewards of the public’s trust and tax dollars.
Sherman, a Republican, leads the Fugitive Warrants Unit of the Tulsa Police Department. He has been with TPD for 23 years and served on the SWAT team for more than a decade.
Sherman is a director of the National Tactical Officer’s Association. Sherman has a degree from Northeastern State University.
Sherman has been endorsed by former sheriff candidates John Fitzpatrick, Tom Helm, Jason Jackson and Dan Miller. He was endorsed by the Tulsa World in the special election. His father, Bill Sherman, is the religion editor.
Russell Crow, Republican
“For me, this campaign is about people and accountability,” Crow says on his website. “It’s about putting people first and being relentlessly good to those we serve. It’s time to bring leadership that will restore the trust between the families of Tulsa County and the Sheriff’s Office.”
Crow has been a deputy with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office since 2010, serving as a reserve deputy for four years before. He was a Tulsa Police Department officer from 1981 through 1988.
Crow wants to “repair the relationship among the Sheriff’s Office and our communities.” He wants a greater level of accountability and institute zero-based budgeting. Crow promises a review of the entire department to judge effectiveness and cost efficiency.
Rex Berry, Democrat
Berry joined the Tulsa Police Department in 1973, serving until 1999. He achieved the rank of corporal, serving as a traffic and patrol officer, field supervisor, field training supervisor, crime analyst, detective, detective supervisor and as a member of the hostage negotiations team.
After retiring from TPD in 1999, Berry began consulting directly with foreign law enforcement agencies, in roles that included facility assessment in Iraq; security management in Afghanistan; firearms instruction in Jordan; and civilian police in Kosovo.
Berry served on active-duty in the U.S. Air Force prior to his law enforcement career. Berry served seven years as an agent of the Criminal Investigations Command (CID) of the U.S. Army’s 321st Military Police Detachment.
Arthur Jackson, Democrat
Jackson is a U.S. Army veteran who came to Tulsa in 1990 after being transferred by Amoco Oil Company. In 2001, he went to work at the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center (the city/county jail), which at the time was run privately by the Correction Corporation of America. He a detention officer corporal with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. He was hired in 2005 and serves as a supervisor.
He wants to institute the reforms suggested by the recent grand jury while emphasizing accountability, trust, diversity, multi-cultural staffing and communication.
County Commissioner District 2
Commissioner Karen Keith, Democrat
“Tulsa County is growing, and our quality of life is growing right along with it,” Keith wrote on her website. “Working together, we have created new, quality jobs and new opportunities.
“My personal focus remains working to improve the lives of those caught in despairing situations.”
She said she has worked for housing for homeless veterans and to assist “troubled youth” with a new Family Justice Center. She wants improved roads and bridges and Tulsa County’s “fair share of state and federal funding.”
Keith has been working on funding to repair and maintain Tulsa’s aging levee system. She wants to improve rural fire protection and has promoted development of the Arkansas River.
Deanna Vincent, Democrat
Vincent is a publications editor at the University of Tulsa. She had a degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Josh Turley, Republican
“I am running for commissioner because I have seen the waste,” Turley wrote on his website. “I have experienced the failures of privatization of the jail. I have seen the dilapidated county buildings. I have watched our overflowing juvenile facility get worse. I have seen our outdated county vehicles. I have watched government fail to address our old levee. I have watched as year after year we struggle to open our pools.”
He wants low taxation, a smaller county government and better organization. He said the county has passed two taxes for the juvenile building and ground hasn’t even been broken.
Turley is a 24-year veteran of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. He established the first Prison Rape Elimination Act standards at David L. Moss. Turley is certified as an auditor for the Department of Justice. Turley has a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University a master’s degree in organizational management from University of Phoenix and is working toward a doctoral degree in organizational leadership.
Jonathan Grable, Republican
Grable is CEO of a real estate management company that he founded. Previously, he worked for the Oklahoma State Senate and specialized in modernization projects, including the state’s pension systems. He attends the Central Church of the Nazarene.
He is concerned that some areas of the county are not growing.
“When someone moves from one side of the county to the other side, that does not develop real growth for the county,” he wrote on his website. “We need to work with the municipalities to grow the county as a whole, so we do not grow one city at the cost of another. Communities need the county to come alongside them as a partner and help them grow in a productive manner, by bringing more jobs to Tulsa County.”
He wants to develop county roads and bridges.
“Many of our bridges and overpasses are insufficient for the amount of traffic they carry,’ Grable wrote. “Currently drivers cannot get from Sand Springs to Broken Arrow or Owasso without going through downtown Tulsa.”
Tulsa County Clerk
Nancy Rothman, Republican
Rothman has been chief deputy in the Tulsa County Clerk Office for the past three years.
“Because of my experience in this office, and out as an attorney and advocate for Tulsans, I have no doubt that it will be a seamless transition stepping into the county clerk’s position, as well as bring strong leadership, transparency and integrity,” she wrote on her website.
She is president of the board of directors of Neighbor for Neighbor; a board member of the Tulsa County Juvenile Justice Trust Authority; a board member of the Tulsa Brookside Lions Club; a former president of the Republican Women’s Club of Tulsa County; an adjunct professor at Southern Nazarene University; a board member of the Mental Health Association’s Legal Outreach Committee; past president of the Oklahoma Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators; past chairman of the Tulsa County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section; a former member of the board of trustees of the Oklahoma Lions Boys Ranch; a past member of the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women and a former member of the Oklahoma Lawyer’s Association.
Michael Willis, Republican
“Government service providing excellent customer service should not be an oxymoron,” Willis wrote on his website. “Thousands of documents are filed each month in the County Clerk’s Office. A Willis Administration will dedicate itself to delivering exceptional and friendly service from fulfilling records requests to filing real estate documents with expanded hours of operation.”
Willis is the chief deputy county commissioner and public information officier for Tulsa County. He handles management, communications and government relations work for county government and acts as County Commissioner when Commissioner is out of town or incapacitated.
Willis is a Reserve Police Officer with the Tulsa Police Department. For the past 11 years, he has been an adjunct professor for The University of Oklahoma. He teaches classes for the OU College of Liberal Studies. Willis formerly worked as a senior account executive with Schnake Turnbo Frank, a Tulsa public relations firm and was once an intern with the Tulsa chamber.
Willis and his family are members of Boston Avenue Methodist Church.
Tulsa County Court Clerk
Atkinson works for the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office. She is a member of Leadership Tulsa.
Atkinson was a manager at Miss Jackson’s department store (now closed) in Utica Square and she owned her own retail store.
“It is my intention if given the opportunity by the voters, to provide leadership and management to the Tulsa County Court Clerk Office such that citizens will point to the office as an example of how they wish every government office operated,” Phillips said. Phillips is special projects director for the Tulsa County Court Clerk’s Office. He has a degree in business administration and has worked in the private sector for Williams Energy, Vyvx, Williams Communications, Cinergy and Altegrity.
A native Tulsan, Phillips attends Redeemer Covenant Church. He has been endorsed by Tulsa County Court Clerk Sally Howe Smith, who is retiring.
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 is the title research manager in the Tulsa County Assessor’s Office. Before that, he worked in the mortgage business.
“If elected as your next County Court Clerk, I will manage the office as a business and not a government slush fund,” Newberry said. “I will pursue modernization, improve efficiency, create a better experience for the customer and reduce costs for taxpayers.”
Newberry has been endorsed by the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police. His brother is State Sen. Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa.