Three incumbents will face primary foes – including a former Tulsa city councilor – in the June 28 Republican and Democrat primaries for the Oklahoma House.
Republicans Ken Walker, District 70, and Rep. Jadine Nollan, District 66 plus Democrat Rep. Regina Goodwin have opposition in their respective primaries.
Two seats are open due to term limits.
Rep. Jeannie McDaniel, one of the most liberal Democrats in the state, was term limited in District 78. Rep. Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa, was term limited in District 67 in South Tulsa.
Rep. Mark McCullough, one of the most conservative legislators, did not seek re-election in District 30 in Sapulpa. Rep. Seneca Scott, a Democrat, didn’t file. Rep. Dan Kirby in District 75 did not have any Republican opponents.
Oklahoma House District 30
Mark Lawson, Sapulpa, is vice chairman of the Youth Services of Creek County and is a child advocate with the Creek County CASA organization. He was vice chairman of the Sapulpa Metro Area Planning Commission. He also was the 2015 recipient of the “Community Service Award” from Sapulpa Board of Education. Lawson, 35, works in marketing and public relations at American Heritage Bank.
Mike Gambill, Kiefer, is a teacher in Okmulgee Public Schools.
Rep. Jadine Nollan, Sand Springs, is on the Common Education and A&B Education committees. She is a former school board member of 11 years for Sand Springs.
Nollan is the chair for the Long-term Care and Senior Services Committee and is on the Alcohol, Tobacco and Controlled Substances Committee.
She got an “A+” rating for small business by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and an “A” rating by the Research Institute for Economic Development (RIED).
Emily G. DeLozier is listed as an Incorporator with Hardwood Floors, Inc. in Oklahoma.
Tom McCloud is the founder and publisher of Community Spirit magazine, a Christian magazine in Tulsa.
McCloud has been endorsed by State Rep. Ken Walker, former Tulsa football coach Dave Rader, former KCFO station manager Ken Staley, Jenks football coach Allan Trimble, former Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris and the Tulsa Beacon.
John T. Croisant is a 10-year teacher at Tulsa’s Edison Preparatory Middle School. He taught previously for four years in New Orleans in public and private schools before returning to Tulsa. He teaches pre-Advanced Placement geography and is girls’ soccer head coach over middle school, junior varsity and varsity teams.
Attorney Scott McEachin has a degree from the OU Law School. He 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.”
His family attends Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church.
Rep. Ken Walker, was the valedictorian of Baltimore International Culinary College and a 2004 graduate of Rhema Bible Training Center. He joined the Army at age 17 and was an airborne paratrooper during Desert Storm. He was stationed with the 3rd Special Forces Group for three years as an interrogator, intelligence analyst and linguist. In 1996 and 1997, he literally walked from Maryland to California to share his Christian faith. He has sponsored numerous bills that have become law.
Carol Bush was executive director of the Crime Prevention Network for 10 years and worked on the Alert Neighbors and Crime Stoppers programs. Prior to that she worked in public health. Her family attends First Presbyterian Church Downtown.
Monroe Nichols is chief operating officer at Impact Tulsa and principal consultant for Nichols Consulting. He is a former campaign manager for former Mayor Kathy Taylor and before that worked for the Tulsa chamber.
Maria Barnes is a former Tulsa city councilor for District 4.
Rep. Regina Goodwin graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and got a degree from The University of Kansas. She works as an artist and is a member of North Peoria Church of Christ.
She serves on the A&B Transportation; County and Municipal Government; Economic Development, Commerce and Real Estate; and Tourism and International Relations committees in the House.
Jonathan Townsend grew up in North Tulsa. He supports teacher reform and higher teacher pay.
Karen Gaddis taught math at Tulsa Public Schools for 25 years and was a senior counselor at Memorial High School. She is involved in several United Methodist and civic organizations.
Charlotte Painter Bell is retired from BP/Amoco. She attends All Souls Unitarian Church and is a director of Grandparents’ Rights Association of Oklahoma. She does not believe in capital punishment.
Matt Matheson has practiced law in Oklahoma since 1993, concentrating in the areas of estate planning, probate, wills and trust, tax-exempt organizations, taxation, and adoption law.
Meloyde Blancett is a former reporter for the Tulsa Tribune. She owns The Blancett Group, a marketing and public relations consulting firm. She has also worked for the State of Oklahoma, having served as Deputy Director of marketing and communications for the Department of Commerce.
Dennis Hartney is a retired air traffic controller who worked for the Federal Aviation Administration of 29 years. He serves on the executive board of the Greater Tulsa Officials Association, in the elected position of Vice President of Football Officials. He has worked as a sports official in football, basketball and lacrosse for all age levels of youth sports.