Nine to contend for state House seat in Tulsa

OKLAHOMA CITY – Six more candidates, including five Republicans, filed Wednesday for the Feb. 14 special election in the Brookside area’s state House District 71.

The additions brought to nine the number of people seeking the seat vacated Dec. 1 by Republican Floor Leader Dan Sullivan. Seven are Republicans.

Among those filing Wednesday were Sullivan’s former wife Janet Sullivan, attorney Gerald Lovoi and Katie Henke, whose family has been prominent in Republican circles for generations.

Also joining the GOP field were Brookside neighborhood activist Bonnie Huffines and Jacqualyn Moss, who just beat Wednesday’s 5 p.m. deadline for filing.

Attorney Robert Walpole became the second Democrat to file, joining Dan Arthrell.

Janet Sullivan, 49, is a longtime Republican Party activist and once worked for U.S. Sens. Don Nickles and Tom Coburn. She lost a 2008 GOP primary in Senate District 35.

Lovoi, 51, twice ran unsuccessfully for Tulsa City Council more than a decade ago.

Henke, 31, is a prekindergarten teacher at Riverfield School and is a great-great-granddaughter of Manhattan Construction founder L.H. Rooney. Both the Rooneys and the family of her husband, Frazier Henke, have long histories with the Republican Party in Tulsa.

Huffines, 60, is active in the Brookside Neighborhood Association and Victory Christian Center. Moss, too, is involved in evangelical activities.

Walpole, 57, lost the 1994 Democratic primary in District 71. The ultimate winner of the general election was then-newcomer John Sullivan, now First District congressman.

Both primaries will be Feb. 14, with the general election on April 3. There will be no runoff.

The same schedule will apply in Senate District 20, where four Republicans and one Democrat have filed.

A general election will be held on Feb. 14 for Senate District 46, where only two candidates – one Republican and one Democrat – filed.

Link to original article at Tulsa World

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