OklahomaBizPac announced today its endorsement of Katie Henke (R) for State House District 71. A special election to fill the open seat is scheduled for Tuesday, April 3.
OklahomaBizPac is a nonpartisan political action committee activated in 2012 by the Tulsa regional business community that works to identify and support state candidates who demonstrate leadership and diplomacy, who will promote a strong business climate, and who are committed to improving the Tulsa region and the state of Oklahoma.
“OklahomaBizPac supports Katie Henke based on her stance on a variety of issues, particularly those that will promote a strong business climate,” said David Page, OklahomaBizPac chair and market president for JP Morgan Chase. “The OklahomaBizPac board believes she exemplifies the collaborative, forward-thinking leadership needed to advance our state.”
OklahomaBizPac will contribute $1,000 to Henke’s campaign. Decisions on endorsements and contribution amounts are made solely by the OklahomaBizPac board, after evaluating candidates through a questionnaire, interviews and follow-up conversations as needed. District 71 candidates were invited to participate in an interview process before the primary in February. Each interview was 30-45 minutes in length, and included consistent questions posed to all candidates and a brief open discussion portion.
“It is imperative we have representation at the state level that understands the critical role business and economic development play in the prosperity of Oklahoma and the Tulsa region,” Page said. “Katie Henke has the leadership and diplomacy needed to champion our region’s key issues at the State Capitol.”
Contributions to OklahomaBizPac are limited to $5,000 per person per year. Only individuals are allowed to contribute; no corporate or union donations are allowed. Contributions to a PAC are not tax deductible. No public investment funds are used in the administration of the PAC. OklahomaBizPac is limited to contributing $5,000 per candidate.