It’s all R’s in the upcoming state Senate race to fill the seat of Lt. Gov.-elect Todd Lamb.
Since 2004, Lamb, a Republican, served as state senator from District 47, which encompasses part of northwest Oklahoma City and Edmond. Lamb won his bid for lieutenant governor in November, and a special election is being held to fill his spot.
Because no Democrats filed for race, the Republican primary election set for Tuesday will decide the winner of the seat.
Voters will choose from a field of five Republicans: Todd Brawley, 46, of Edmond; Steven Dobbs, 63, of Oklahoma City; Kenny Goza, 41, of Oklahoma City; Carol Hefner, 49, of Edmond; and Greg Treat, 32, of Oklahoma City Brawley is vice president of Mehlburger Brawley Inc., a civil engineering firm in Oklahoma City, as well as a member of the Society of Civil Engineers and serves on the board of trustees for Science Museum Oklahoma. Brawley said he feels now is a good time to run and hopes to be a good listener and an honest leader.
Dobbs is an attorney and formerly served Ward 8 on the Oklahoma City Council and as a member of the city’s Board of Adjustment. If elected, Dobbs said he would file legislative measures to end the estate tax, prevent cuts to programs for seniors and require elected officials filing for another office to forfeit their current seat so it can be filled in a general election.
Goza is an attorney and former staff member for Gov. Frank Keating. Because of his early declaration of candidacy, Goza was able to get a jump on fundraising, reporting on Oct. 29, that his campaign had raised $10,450. Goza has campaigned on introducing legislation to freeze the pay of the highest paid 250 state employees, as well as toughening state immigration laws, protecting home schooling and bolstering Second Amendment rights — such as legislation allowing open carry.
Hefner has worked in the nonprofit sector for around 26 years, and worked to establish a foundation for children’s medical research at the Children’s Hospital at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center. Hefner led in fundraising early in the race, reporting that her campaign had raised $26,000 as of Nov. 1. Hefner cited her independence from special interests as one of her strong points and said that, if elected, she would introduce legislation to encourage business and job growth, including a measure to eliminate corporate income tax.
Treat is a former staff member for U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn and former legislative director for then-Lt. Gov. Mary Fallin. In addition, he headed the state Republican Party’s 2010 effort to recruit voters. Treat said one of his greatest strengths is his experience in helping draft legislation and get it passed. Treat said that, if elected, his first priority will be to introduce legislation freezing seniors’ property tax rates and to apply a fix to a measure previously passed by voters that limits property tax increases to 5 percent in a year.