Oklahoma Democrats have the wind at their back. Last month, they won Oklahoma's 44th State Senate seat and Oklahoma’s 75th State House seat with decisive margins. Both Democrat victors, Senator-Elect Brooks-Jimenez and Representative-elect Gaddis centered their platforms on Oklahoma’s growing education crisis.
It's A Scandal! It's An Outrage!
If you haven’t tuned into the news in Oklahoma, you may be surprised by the string of unforeseen political events, the majority of which are obscene scandals. These unrelated matters have prompted 6 special elections this year in the state.
A lifelong Oklahoman and educator with more than 40 years of public service, Karen Gaddis (D) runs for Oklahoma’s 75th State House seat for a second time following her 2016 loss to former Dan Kirby (R). The sexual misconduct scandal that shook Kirby’s brief tenure resulted in his resignation and the re-opening of the HD-75 seat.
Democrat Steve Barnes is running in the May 9th, 2017 special election for the Oklahoma House of Representatives District 28 seat. This seat became vacant when Republican Tom Newell resignation to take a position in the private sector. Along with Barnes Republican Zack Taylor and with Libertarian Cody Presley will also be on the special election ballot.