2020 Oklahoma Candidate Filings

Greg Piatt | OEPA Lobbyist

Fewer candidates filed this cycle

The number of candidates running this year is far fewer than the record-breaking number who filed in 2018.

A huge number of open seats in the Legislature and few incumbents in the statewide races allowed a flood of candidates to file for elected office in 2018. Dissatisfaction with how the state government was being run also factored into an unprecedented 794 candidates declaring for state and federal offices.

In 2018, the filing period coincided with a massive teacher walkout.

This year, 300 state and federal candidates filed to run for elected offices, according to the Oklahoma State Election Board. In 2018, 791 candidates sought elected office. In 206, 417 candidates filed.

One-third of state legislators are re-elected

With 126 legislative seats up this year, 46 incumbents were reelected by default Friday when they didn’t draw an opponent.

Eight senators and 38 House legislators face no opponents:

  • Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow
  • Sen. Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville
  • Sen. Chris Kidd, R-Ringling
  • Sen. Kevin Matthews, D-Tulsa
  • Sen. Casey Murdock, R-Felt
  • Sen. Joe Newhouse, R-Broken Arrow
  • Sen. Lonnie Paxton, R-Tuttle
  • Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond
  • Rep. Rhonda Baker, R-Yukon
  • Rep. Forrest Bennett, D-Oklahoma City
  • Rep. Jeff Boatman, R-Tulsa
  • Rep. Ty Burns, R-Morrison
  • Rep. Trey Caldwell R-Lawton
  • Rep. Rusty Cornwell R-Vinita
  • Rep. Denise Crosswhite-Hader, R-Yukon
  • Rep. Dean Davis, R-Broken Arrow
  • Rep. Scott Fetgatter, R-Okmulgee
  • Rep. Ross Ford, R-Broken Arrow
  • Rep. Avery Frix, R-Muskogee
  • Rep. Tom Gann, R-Inola
  • Rep. Regina Goodwin, D-Tulsa
  • Rep. David Hardin, R-Stilwell
  • Rep. Tommy Hardin R-Madill
  • Rep. Brian Hill, R-Mustang
  • Rep. Justin Humphrey, R-Lane
  • Rep. Mark Lepak, R-Claremore
  • House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka
  • Rep. T.J. Marti, R-Tulsa
  • Rep. Ryan Martinez, R-Edmond
  • Rep. Stan May, R-Broken Arrow
  • Rep. Marcus McEntire, R-Duncan
  • Rep. Mark McBride, R-Moore
  • Rep. Carl Newton, R-Cherokee
  • Rep. Jim Olsen, R-Roland
  • Rep. John Pfeiffer, R-Orlando
  • Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy
  • Rep. Dustin Roberts, R-Mead
  • Rep. Judd Strom, R-Copan
  • Rep. Danny Sterling, R-Tecumseh
  • Rep. Tammy Townley, R-Ardmore
  • Rep. Emily Virgin, D-Norman
  • Rep. John Waldron, D-Tulsa
  • Rep. Kevin Wallace, R-Wellston
  • Rep. Kevin West, R-Moore
  • Rep. Tammy West, R-OKC
  • Rep. Josh West, R-Grove

Newcomer Steve Bashore, a Republican, was the lone candidate to file for House District 7, which is being vacated by Rep. Ben Loring, D-Miami.

Get out while you can

Five legislators are not seeking re-election because of term limits. Legislators are allowed to serve for up to 12 years.

The lawmakers who are term-limited are:

  • Rep. Lewis Moore, R-Arcadia
  • Rep. Charles Ortega, R-Altus
  • Rep. Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher
  • Rep. Harold Wright, R-Weatherford
  • Sen. Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa

Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Reported talks boost crude prices, but Oklahoma producers want more done

Jack Money | The Oklahoman

The Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance, a group that represents many operators of older, vertical wells across the state, issued its own call to action to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission this week, seeking for the state agency to use authority granted to it under state law to force operators to reduce their crude oil production, for now.

“Oklahoma oil is now selling below $20 per daily barrel, which is a price well below its ‘actual value,’” Dewey Bartlett Jr., the alliance’s chairman, stated as part of the announcement.

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Summary of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Senate Substitute Amendment to H.R. 748)

After countless hours of negotiation between Congressional leaders and the White House, a final deal on the third coronavirus-related bill was reached and approved by the Senate just before midnight on March 25, 2020. The Senate approved the measure with a vote of 96-0; and the House is expected to pass the bill on Friday. The nearly $2 trillion stimulus measure – the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act has relief for both the private and public sector, as well as individual Americans. Below is a summary of the CARES Act1, beginning with emergency appropriations for the various federal agencies.

Emergency Appropriations for Coronavirus Health Response and Agency Operations

The grant and loan funds contained within the CARES Act universally may be used “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.”

To see an overview report of the entire bill, click here. OEPA will be reviewing the CARES act and will soon release information focused on small business provisions.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – 3/20/2020

At this time the Oklahoma State Capitol is shut down due to COVID-19 and is undergoing an extensive, deep cleaning at this time. House and Senate staff are working remotely from their homes. A timetable has not yet been established for when they will return to the Capitol. When activity resumes, our understanding is that […]

2020 Bills OEPA Supports & Opposes Update

SB1615 by Darcy Jech creates a task force to study and make recommendations regarding the purge in Kingfisher Co. As a result of OEPA efforts, the bill was amended to include “two representatives from different relevant trade associations operating in this state”. The bill passed the Senate with the title on and it is headed to […]

OCC 2nd Rulemaking Technical Conference

The first of 2 technical conferences on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s proposed rule changes occurred Tuesday. Almost a dozen OEPA members were present! OEPA was well represented among the speakers addressing the Commissioners.

Corporation Commission Considering Rules to Require Public Notice from More Injection Well Operators

Richard Parrish with the Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance said mostly spent horizontal wells being reinjected with fluid in order to recover more oil are the ones causing earthquakes and pollution, and the commission needs to distinguish them from other types.

“We don’t think we need to throw the baby of the legacy wells and the and the historic production and the disposal wells associated with them out with the bathwater, so to speak, by trying to address issues that have arisen,” Parrish said.

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The 2020 Bills We Support and Oppose

OEPA Supports HB 1379 by Representative Zack Taylor (R) Seminole and SB 1577 by Senator Greg McCourtney (R) Ada.

New OCC Proposed Rules Jan. 2020

Attached please find the latest proposed Corporation Commission (OCC) rules (Chapter 5 amendment, Chapter 10 amendment). Unfortunately, in part, the OCC is reacting to the Blaine County purge (breakout to the surface). Currently the volume of the purge is approximately 6 gallons per minute. The consensus is that the purge is the result of approximately […]

Legislation creating task force on drilling regulations advances

Daisy Creager | The Journal Record A bill creating a task force to evaluate the impacts of new drilling on existing wells, a topic that has horizontal and vertical drillers at odds, is moving to the Oklahoma Senate Appropriations Committee after winning unanimous approval from the Senate Energy Committee on Thursday. Read More.