Three legislative seats up for grabs
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.