Six candidates file for HD75 election

Four Republicans and two Democrats filed for the special election for the vacancy in Oklahoma House District 75 in East Tulsa.

Gov. Mary Fallin ordered a special election to fill the vacancy in House District 75 caused by the resignation of Rep. Dan Kirby. The special primary election is set for May 9 and the special general election is scheduled for July 11.

Kirby, a Tulsa Republican, announced his resignation following allegations of sexual harassment.

The candidates who filed are:

Republicans

  • Tressa Nunley, Tulsa
  • Nic Berg, Tulsa
  • A.J. Oatsvall, Tulsa
  • Skip Steele, Tulsa

Democrats

  • Karen Gaddis, Tulsa
  • Jamie Smith, Broken Arrow

Nunley, 49, is a lifelong Tulsa resident and conservative Republican.

Nunley has served the Tulsa community as a licensed realtor since 2005, with previous experience in administration with Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City and St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, as well as an Employee Programs Coordinator in Strategic Practices for Williams Communications.

She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management, with an emphasis in Communication and Business Law.

“I believe that both my business and life experience have uniquely qualified me to represent the needs of individuals and families. I know that I can put that experience to work in advancing fiscal responsibility and opportunities for job growth,” Nunley said.

“My foundation is built on Christian values. Those beliefs influence every decision in my life. I pledge to serve the people of House District 75 with honesty and integrity,” Nunley said.

Berg is a Republican and has been actively involved in the local Republican Party. He is a Republican precinct chairman in Tulsa County, and has volunteered for current Oklahoma elected officials.

“Having served locally in the community and abroad, I look forward to the opportunity to represent the people of District 75,” Berg said. “I plan on meeting the people of the district and listening to the issues that they value most so I can effectively represent them at the State Capitol.”

Oatsvall is a political blogger (Voices of Liberty) who reportedly has Libertarian leanings.

Steele  was on the Tulsa City Council from 2011 to 2014. Steele and his family attend Boston Avenue Methodist Church.