The very red state of Oklahoma is rapidly changing. After Donald Trump plucked the state’s oil-friendly Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, voters took notice. They elected two blue legislators after Republican legislators resigned in disgrace.
In a special election, the Democrats captured two GOP districts Tuesday. As the Democrats prepare for the 2018 mid-term elections, these wins give them much-needed hope.
The state Senate special election took place after former state Senator Ralph Shortey resigned. Police officials connected Shortey with alleged child prostitution.
The voters elected Michael Brooks as their new state senator for District 44, which is located in the southwestern part of Oklahoma City. Brooks defeated his Republican opponent Joe Griffin, taking more than 54 percent of the vote. This was his second attempt at campaigning for this seat.
Brooks is an attorney specializing in immigration issues. He ran on the problems related to budget cuts, families, and teachers. On his Facebook page, he thanked those who supported him, according to NewsOK:
‘In our hearts, we know we’re better than underfunded schools and underpaid teachers. We know we’re better than a budget that places the burden on everyday Oklahomans. We are better than families working two to three jobs just to make ends meet. We all believe we are better than this.’
Karen Gaddis won the Tulsa House District 75 by 52 percent over Republican challenger Tressa Nunley. She took former state Representative Dan Kirby’s legislative seat. He resigned after a former assistant accused him of sexual harassment.
Oklahoma will face four more special elections due to a resignation and a death, among other reasons.
Republican Darin Chambers won over challenging GOP members Charlie Samples and Jimmy
Shannon. Chambers indicated that the primaries were hard-fought, and he expected a rigorous general election. NewsOK reported that he said:
‘You can never take anything for granted in a special election.’
Chambers was in the race, because Republican Representative Scott Martin of Norman, Oklahoma resigned to head the Norman Chamber of Commerce. The special election for District 46 will take place in September, when Chambers will face the Democratic candidate Jacob Rosecrants.
Check out this video detailing Shortey’s charges of alleged child prostitution:
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