Oklahoma

48 teachers across Oklahoma won state legislative primaries in both parties on Tuesday night, running on platforms of fully funding public education.

Oklahoma was home to one of the largest teacher walkouts of 2018, with more than 500,000 of the state’s 700,000 students affected by a statewide teachers’ strike organized by the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) and local chapters of the American Federation of Teachers — the two prominent teachers’ unions in the Sooner State.

Even though the unions agreed to end the strike after Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R) agreed to increase tax revenues by an additional $450 million for teacher salaries, amounting to an average of $6,100 more per teacher, educators remained frustrated with the state legislature’s opposition to increasing funding for K-12 education.

Some of the $1.4 billion in demands OEA called for included a $5,000 salary increase for school support staff, like bus drivers, cafeteria workers, teachers’ assistants, school nurses, and custodians; $200 million in additional public school funding spread out over a three-year period, and an additional $213 million in salary increases for all state employees, with another $256 million to cover rising healthcare costs.

Out of 112 teachers who ran in primaries for various house and senate districts, 48 of them advanced to either the runoff or the general election, with 18 Republican primary winners and 30 Democratic primary winners. Six Republican incumbents were ousted on Tuesday night as well. In House District 74, teacher and coach Mark Vancuren won both the Republican primary and the seat itself, as there was no Democratic challenger.

KTUL-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma reported the full results, which were documented by the OEA:

  • House District 14: Chris Sneed, whose wife is an educator, advanced to a runoff in the Republican primary
  • House District 14: Jack Reavis, an OEA member from Muskogee, won the Democratic primary
  • House District 15: Randy Randleman, a retired school psychologist from Eufaula, won the Republican primary
  • House District 15: Judy Ross Moore, an educator from Porum, won the Democratic primary
  • House District 17: Peggy DeFrange, a retired teacher from Krebs, won the Democratic primary
  • House District 20: Sherri Conley, a school administrator from Oklahoma City, advanced to a runoff in the Republican primary
  • House District 23: Craig Hoxie, a physics teacher at Booker T. Washington High School, won the Democratic primary
  • House District 25: Ronny Johns, principal of Ada Junior High School, won the Republican primary
  • House District 26: Bruce Bushong, a teacher from Shawnee, won the Democratic primary
  • House District 27: Danny Sterling, principal of Tecumseh High School, advances to a runoff in the Republican primary
  • House District 31: Kara Sawyer, a special education teacher in Guthrie, won the Democratic primary
  • House District 33: John Talley, an educator at North Central Oklahoma, won the Republican primary
  • House District 35: Ty Burns, an educator from Morrison, won the Republican primary
  • House District 41: Jennie Scott, a fourth grade teacher in Enid, advanced to a runoff in the Democratic primary
  • House District 43: Crystal Duncan, a third grade teacher, advanced to a runoff in the Republican primary
  • House District 47: Beverly Adams, a former elementary PE teacher, advanced to a runoff in the Republican primary
  • House District 47: Sarah Carnes, an educator in Mustang, won the Democratic primary
  • House District 49: Miranda Shelton, a special education teacher from Kingston, won the democratic primary.
  • House District 53: Cyndy Southerland, an educator from Moore, advanced to a runoff in the Democratic primary
  • House District 55: Dennis Dugger, the son of an educator from Hammon, won the Democratic primary
  • House District 60: Rep. Rhonda Baker, a middle school English teacher, won the Republican primary
  • House District 63: Joan Gabelmann, an assistant principal in Lawton, won the democratic primary
  • House District 65: Brandon Thompson, the son of an educator from Cyril, won the Democratic primary
  • House District 65: Toni Hasenbeck, a middle school teacher from Elgin, won the Republican primary
  • House District 66: Brian Jackson, whose wife teachers in Sand Springs, advanced to a runoff in the Republican primary
  • House District 66: Angela Graham, a pre-K teacher at Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa, won the Democratic primary
  • House District 68: Michael Ross, a teacher at Charles Page High School, will face Angela Statum, a Tulsa teacher, in a runoff for the Democratic primary
  • House District 69: Andy Richardson, the son of two public school teachers, won the Democratic primary
  • House District 74: Mark Vancuren, a teacher and coach, won the Republican primary and the seat
  • House District 75: Karen Gaddis, an OEA member and educator, won the Democratic primary
  • House District 77: John Waldron, a teacher at Booker T. Washington High School, won the Democratic primary
  • House District 79: Karen Gilbert, an education support professional from Tulsa, advanced to a runoff in the Republican primary
  • House District 79: Melissa Provenzano, an assistant principal at Bixby High School, won the Democratic primary
  • House District 80: Janice Graham, a retired educator and school psychologist from Tulsa, won the Democratic primary
  • House District 82: Brad Martin, whose wife is a school psychologist, advanced to a runoff in the Republican primary
  • House District 86: Rhonda Cox, retired teacher from Rogers State University and Peggs Public Schools, won the Democratic primary
  • House District 91: OEA members Amanda Jeffers and Sonya Fergeson will face each other in a runoff in the Democratic primary
  • House District 95: Kelly Albright, a third grade teacher in Oklahoma City, won the Democratic primary
  • House District 98: Kilmyn Easley-Graf, chair of the fine and performing arts department at Tulsa Central and Junior High School, won the Democratic primary
  • House District 98: Laura Steele, a teacher at Jenks Middle School, advanced to a runoff in the Republican primary
  • House District 100: Julie Roach, an assistant principal in Oklahoma City, advanced to a runoff in the Republican primary
  • House District 101: Madeline Scott, a teacher from Oklahoma City, advanced to a runoff in the Democratic primary
  • Senate District 6: David Bullard, an educator from Durant, won the Republican primary
  • Senate District 16: Mary Boren, a former school counselor, advanced to a runoff in the Democratic primary
  • Senate District 16: Becki Maldonado, an English teacher in Oklahoma City, advanced to a runoff in the Republican primary
  • Senate District 32: Jacobi Crowley, a crisis interventionist and assistant football coach, won the Democratic primary
  • Senate District 36: Bryan O’Brien, a career educator for Tulsa Public Schools, won the Democratic primary
  • Senate District 40: Carri Hicks, a fourth grade teacher in Deer Creek, won the Democratic primary

 

Scott Alden is a freelance contributor covering national politics, education, and environmental issues. He is a proud Toledo University graduate, and lives in the suburbs of Detroit.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *