Get to know your candidates before Tuesday’s election

Feel like you would like to know a bit more about each of the candidates come up for election? We’ve got you covered. We’ve listed all the candidates in Creek County’s Tuesday election.

You can also take advantage of our research on SQ 802 here, which you can find here.

United States Senate – Republican

Jim Inhofe is the 85-year-old senator from Oklahoma who has served in that office since January 4, 1995. His term ends on January 3, 2021. He has held political office in Oklahoma since 1967. He vigorously denies climate change and is considered a reliable Republican voice in Congress. 

Dr. John Tompkins is a 63-year-old semi-retired orthopedic surgeon from Oklahoma City who said he read part of Imhofe’s book, “The Greatest Hoax,” which claims to debunk climate change, and decided it was “garbage,” (not based on science) so he is running against Senator Inhofe. 

J.J. Stitt (no relation to Governor Kevin Stitt) is a 45-year-old farmer and gun shop owner from Kingfisher. He said he didn’t have anything against Inhofe, “I just want a younger, more aggressive approach in Washington,” and that he is “kind of in the middle” on most issues. He said he “is not a radical, but I am firm.”

Neil Mavis is a 57-year-old Tulsa Wi-Fi engineer with an MBA. Mavis’ biggest issue is Inhofe’s sale of some stock just before the markets crashed recently, and he feels Inhofe was wrong. He looked up to Senator Tom Coburn and states that returning lost Constitutional rights to citizens as a prime motive for running. He wants to champion Native Affairs, Ethics, Commerce, and Agriculture.

United States Senate – Democrat

Abby Broyles, 30, is running for the seat currently held by Jim Inhofe. Broyles is a lifelong Oklahoman, originally from Bethany. She is an award-winning investigative journalist and attorney. Broyles has uncovered several cases of political corruption in Oklahoma. She states she is running for  United States Senator to bring change to Washington, and to bring Republicans and Democrats together to make a better life for Oklahoma families.

Sheila Bilyeu, 76, is running for the seat held by Jim Inhofe. She holds a BS from OSU and an MA from Northern Arizona University. She was a 2008 Presential candidate, candidate for U.S. Senate in 2004, and attended Green Party National Convention in 2000. Bilyeu also ran in a special election to the U.S. Senate to represent Arizona. She withdrew before the Democratic primary on August 4th, 2020.

R.O. Joe Cassidy, Jr., 76, is a Ponca City lawyer and retired college professor. “I enthusiastically support Civil Rights, women’s rights, and the American Labor Union Movement.”

Elysabeth Britt, 42, is a human resources specialist who served in the Marine Corps in the late 1990s. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology (UCO) and two professional Human Resource certifications. She volunteers for many community services, Britt’s goals include pushing for Global climate investment, renewable energy, and creating jobs for Oklahomans. She supports improvements in healthcare and education.

United States Representative – District 01 – Democrat

Kojo Asamoa-Ceaser, 34, is running for the U.S. House seat currently held by Kevin Hern. He was born in Alexandria, Virginia, and holds a B.S. from Old Dominion University. And A J.D. from William and Mary Law School. He was the founding principal of the Greenwood Leadership Academy. He states he “wants to build an America as good as its promise.”

Mark A. Ketter 63, is a 1975 graduate of Catoosa High school and holds a B.S.E.E. and a J.D. from the University of Tulsa. “There are a lot of holes in our Constitution that have been pointed out by the current president. We must have a system that provides justice for all and assures that everyone is subject to the law.”

Corporation Commissioner – Republican 

Todd Hiett is a 52-year-old rancher from Kellyville. He is the current commissioner, looking to be re-elected for another 6-year term. Hiett was elected to the Oklahoma House at the age of 27 and served 12 years. He was chosen to be Speaker from 2004 to 2006, when he aggressively cut taxes, raised standards for curriculum for public schools, and produced significant “right-to-life” legislation.

Harold D Spradling is 85 years old, from Cherokee, and was a 2018 candidate for the Corporation Commission against incumbent Bob Anthony. 

State Representative – District 30 – Republican

Mark Lawson, 39, from Sapulpa, and currently represents Creek and part of Tulsa Counties. He is also the Director of Public Affairs at SeneGence, Inc. “I’m the only candidate who not only lives but works, worships, volunteers, and spends time and effort in this community…” He was recently named OICA’s ‘Children’s Representative of the Year.’ 

Jake Rowland, age 46, from Bixby, is a former Highway Patrol officer, and current owner of Outdoor Pro Landscaping and Tree Service since 2002. “My platform is doing what’s right, no matter what.” 

Kate Stromlund, 59, from Sapulpa, 2020 Oklahoma State House candidate, has committed to support term limits on Congress by signing the Term Limits Convention pledge. She formally ran as an Independent.

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City Of Sapulpa

Councilmember-Councilor Ward One, Seat Two

 Joseph Hale is a 29-year-old Sapulpa native who owns Hale Cattle Co. and works as a salesman for Springdale Tractor. He wants to see “changes that Sapulpa could use, and still keep the small-town life” he appreciates, and “help people out and make a difference.”

Jasson N. Brook, 43, of  Sapulpa, works in Speciality Stainless Products Sales at Webco Industries, and currently serves on the Sapulpa Planning Commission. Brook says he made the decision to run for City Council when “volunteer and community involvement made me realize the only true way to effect change was to be involved at the policy level.” Brook says he wants to “be involved with decisions to help move Sapulpa forward.”

Kiefer Public Schools

Board Member – Office No. 5

Eric R. Watson is 35 years old a native of Kiefer, owns WatsonConstruction. “I am a proud Trojan, and want nothing but a great outcome for our growing school.”

Fred Fuss is the 50-year-old Utility Supervisor for the Town of Kiefer.

Drumright Public Schools

Board Member – Office No. 5

Alicia Richardson, age 42, is a lifelong resident of Drumright. Her top concerns:: Enforcement of Drug/Tobacco/Vaping Policies; School’s State Report Car; and Accountability of Administration and Students.

Forrest Gray, III, 48, of Drumright, is the current School Board President. 

Mounds Public Schools

Board Member – Office No. 5

Michael Pounds, 47, is the pastor of the Mounds Christian Church.

Joe Carner, 58, owns Carner Plumbing Inc. in Mounds, and is currently on the School Board.

Charles Betzler contributed to this story.

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