Three leg­isla­tive seats up for grabs

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - NEWS - BY BEN FELDER Staff Writer bfelder@ok­la­homan.com Nolan Clay contributed to this story.

Three va­cant seats in the state Leg­is­la­ture will be filled in elec­tions on Tues­day, in­clud­ing Se­nate District 45, the u-shaped district in Ok­la­homa and Cleve­land coun­ties that was pre­vi­ously held by Kyle Love­less, who re­signed amid ac­cu­sa­tions that he em­bez­zled his own cam­paign funds.

Repub­li­can Paul Rosino, 55, and Demo­crat Steven Vin­cent, 51, will ap­pear on the spe­cial elec­tion bal­lot in Se­nate District 45. Love­less, a Repub­li­can, won elec­tion in 2012 and 2016, both times un­op­posed in the gen­eral elec­tion.

Democrats hope to con­tinue a re­cent trend of spe­cial elec­tion suc­cess as the mi­nor­ity party has flipped three seats this year.

Democrats have cred­ited their vic­to­ries in larger part to voter frus­tra­tion with a Repub­li­can-con­trolled Leg­is­la­ture that has been un­able to fill a nearly $215 mil­lion bud­get hole.

The state Se­nate last week threw its sup­port be­hind a se­ries of tax in­creases that would have filled most of the bud­get hole and pro­vided a pay raise for teach­ers and state em­ploy­ees.

But the bill failed in the House, com­ing up short the three-fourths vot­ing thresh­old re­quired for all tax in­creases. Rosino, who is re­tired from the Navy and works as a Re­al­tor, heads into Tues­day’s elec­tion hav­ing out­raised Vin­cent, the lat­est cam­paign re­ports show.

Rosino re­ported rais­ing $133,010 through Oct. 30. A lit­tle more than a third came from loans and a lit­tle more than a third came from po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tees, his re­ports show.

Vin­cent, who is a dis­patcher for the Ok­la­homa City Po­lice Depart­ment, re­ported rais­ing $46,460, mostly from in­di­vid­u­als.

Tulsa area races

In the Se­nate District 37 race in Tulsa County, Repub­li­can Brian O’Hara raised $68,444 through Oct. 30 and an­other $3,000 on Tues­day, his re­ports show. The Demo­crat, Al­li­son Ik­ley-Free­man, re­ported rais­ing $24,267 through Oct. 30.

In the House District 76 race, also in Tulsa County, Repub­li­can Ross Ford re­ported rais­ing $50,417 through Oct. 30. Demo­crat Chris VanLand­ing­ham re­ported rais­ing $1,014.

THE OK­LA­HOMAN GRAPH­ICS

Demo­crat Steven Vin­cent, 51, is run­ning for Ok­la­homa Se­nate District 45.

Repub­li­can Paul Rosino, 55, is run­ning for Ok­la­homa Se­nate District 45.

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