OK-SAFE, Inc. – Recent Republican primary elections in Tulsa and Oklahoma counties have led to several runoff elections, a few of which will decide the race.
RUNOFF PRIMARY ELECTION — August 28
Last day to register to vote ………………. Friday, August 3
Last time to request absentee ballot ……Wednesday, August 22, 5 PM
- Friday, August 24, 8 AM – 6 PM
- Saturday, August 25, 8 AM – 1 PM
- Monday, August 27, 8 AM – 6 PM
To request Absentee Ballots you may call your county election board. In Tulsa County call 918-596-5780. In Oklahoma County call 405-713-1515.
Two runoff elections of note in the Tulsa area are in Senate District 33 (Nathan Dahm vs Tim Wright), and House District 70 (Ken Walker vs Shane Saunders). Another is the Charles Key vs Tim Rhodes race for Oklahoma County Court Clerk in the Oklahoma City area.
The grassroots favorites in these three races are Dahm, Walker and Key. The Chambers of Commerce and political interest groups are backing their opponents – Wright, Saunders and Rhodes.
No Democrats filed for these offices. The runoff elections decide the winners.
If you care about the citizens of Oklahoma and want real representation, it’s pretty clear who to support in these races. (Hint – it ain’t the Chambercrats.)
The Tulsa Beacon newspaper has endorsed both Nathan Dahm and Ken Walker and has this to say about each:
“In politics, it’s always smart to follow the money.
In the Aug. 28 runoff election for Senate District 33 between Republicans Nathan Dahm and Tim Wright, there is a clear distinction in who is being backed by powerful political action committees and who is funded by ordinary people.
Dahm has received donations mostly of the $100-200 range from housewives, pastors, truck drivers and other regular people. They have given money to Dahm because they believe he will represent the people of the district and not powerful special interests.
Wright has taken money from the liberal George Kaiser (Bank of Oklahoma) – the richest man in the state. Wright got thousands from the chambers of commerce in Tulsa and Oklahoma City plus the Chickasaw Nation.
Wright’s list of contributors goes on and on. At least 18 political action committees have filled his campaign coffers.
Dahm has two PAC contributions: one for $300 and another from the most conservative group in Oklahoma.
With Wright accepting all this money, will he be indebted to these special interest groups? When their concerns are in conflict with the people of District 33 clash, will Wright do the right thing or bow to the wishes of these power brokers?
If history is any indication, this level of sponsorship comes with strings attached.” (Rest of article here.)
For more information on SD 33 (district map, etc.) and how to help with the Nathan Dahm campaign check here.
It would be easy for Republican voters in House District 70 to overlook the August 28 runoff election between Ken Walker and Shane Saunders.
That would be a mistake if you care about the future of Oklahoma.
Ken Walker is a genuine leader with the fortitude to stand up to the forces of special interests in Oklahoma City – even to those within the Republican Party. Nobody owns Ken Walker. His interest lies with the betterment of District 70 and the entire state.
Saunders lacks that independence. He learned his politics at the feet of John Sullivan – a career politician who was ineffective for over a decade in Congress and who catered to special interests who financed his multiple campaigns.
Saunders’ wife is the step sister of John Tidwell, Sullivan’s main political operative. Should Saunders win, you can bet similar connections of influence will come into play.
Ken Walker has a stellar military background (he was in military intelligence). He runs the Shepherd’s Guide Christian Yellow Pages, a wonderful evangelical business that has been successful for more than 10 years.
Ken Walker’s faith is genuine and deep.
Recently, Republicans have controlled both houses of the Legislature. The results have been disappointing, as promises of smaller government, tax cuts and abortion restrictions have been killed.” (Rest of article here.)
For more information on this campaign, click here.
The conservative grassroots favorite in the OK County Court Clerk’s race is Charles Key, a long-serving conservative member of the House. Key has the endorsement of two of his primary opponents and was the recipient of a fundraiser by Speaker-designate T.W. Shannon. Tim Rhodes, who changed political parties on October 7, 2011 and ran as a Republican, has been endorsed by the Greater OKC Chamber of Commerce.
The Key campaign has sent out this information for those interested in helping in this important race:
“This RACE is important because the court clerk is one of 8 persons determining how money is spent after it is collected from you, the taxpayer. If anyone is needing an absentee ballot because they will be gone August 28th, the OK County Election Board will send them an absentee ballot. The phone number is 405-713-1515.
Richard Allison is organizing a telephoning effort beginning August 20th. His plan is to have 2 shifts for several days. Anyone wanting
to help will need to have a laptop. For more details, time(s) and place … call Richard at 405- 550-6644.”
More information on the what the County Court Clerk position does and how to help with the Key campaign is here.