With more than 77% vote of support, Former congressional aide and city councilor, Brian O'Hara, was the clear choice of the Tulsa Area Republican Assembly. Nicole Nixon was the next and only other candidate to receive support from the membership.
The group is very familiar with Brian from his constituent services and representation of the office of Congressman Jim Bridenstine for the past 4 years.
The special primary election is set for early September. There is no runoff process, so the top candidate in the primary moves to the general election in November.
Tulsa Republican assembly is a local affiliate of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies. It operates separate of the OKGOP but members must be registered Republicans in order to join.
The special election for Senate District 37 is being planned for the August 15th meeting of the Tulsa Republican Assembly. Three Candidates have submitted questionnaires back to the Conservative organization. Two of them spoke at the July meeting.
Nicole Nixon, Brian O'Hara, & R. Jay McAtee all hope to gain an outright endorsement threshold of 67% from the group. Anything short of that will be a simple straw poll without endorsement.
You may review their questionnaires here.
We know that conservatives, while active in election campaigns, have long ignored the party structure in much of America. We mean to redress that wrong, increase the ranks of activists, revitalize our Party, and turn it into an electoral powerhouse Americans can believe in once again.
Second, we do what other Republican organizations almost never do: we endorse candidates in contested primaries, so rank-and-file Republicans can know who the true conservative candidates really are. In the spring of every election year, liberal Republicans learn to love Ronald Reagan; ten minutes after clinching the nomination, they remember they love Teddy Kennedy more. We 'shuck the corn', with highly competitive grassroots endorsing conventions at which candidates must secure two-thirds of our delegates' support to win. And when we're done, there's no question who is who.
The process of endorsing candidates involves;
We issue an invitation for the several Republican candidates to introduce themselves to the membership. this is done after the legal filing date, but well before the party primary.
We follow up with a questionnaire to each of them, to determine their political philosophy of the role of government. You can review our current questionnaire, here. We follow up with a questionnaire to each of them, to determine their political philosophy of the role of government. You can review our current questionnaire.
Finally, we ask all our members to review those submitted questionnaires at a subsequent 'endorsing convention'. The standards for issuing an endorsement are that we require two-thirds (67%) of our voting members to agree in order to issue a formal endorsement. If no candidate attains that threshold, we simply release a 'straw poll', at our discretion.
Roberts said that initially, there were about 15-20 colleagues working together, in the house; depending on the issue. He said that it wasn't reasonable to expect 100% concurrence on every issue. But he also communicated specifically with the Speaker and his team, so that they could stand for Platform principles without malicious motivation.
"We made sure the Speaker knew about everything we were doing, all along." - Roberts
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The Tulsa GOP continues to grow and work to develop better systems to empower the grassroots in their precincts and in the halls of government. This year the Tulsa County Delegation is the largest voting block at the OKGOP Convention. Robert Aery has sponsored a tour bus to accommodate those who want to leave the driving to others and ride in comfort among their fellow party delegates.
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