The owner of a Moore construction and roofing business and a small-business owner from Tulsa were elected Tuesday to the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
Mark McBride of Moore, won 58.9 percent of the votes cast in Tuesday's Republican runoff primary election for the House District 53 race, according to unofficial results from the state Election Board.
Ken Walker won 53.5 percent of the vote in the Republican runoff primary election for the House District 70 seat. He won 1,635 votes compared with 1,419 for Shane Saunders, owner of Trident Energy.
No Democrat or independent filed so Walker will succeed Rep. Ron Peters, R-Tulsa, who couldn't seek re-election because of 12-year legislative term limits.
State election officials will certify Tuesday's voting results next week.
McBride won 991 votes compared with 692 votes for Paula Sullivan, a writer and a performer who also worked as an office manager for her husband's chiropractic practice.
McBride, of Moore, will succeed Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, who did not seek re-election to run for a Cleveland County county commissioner seat. No Democrat or independent sought the post; McBride, along with other House members, will be sworn into the office in mid-November.
“I look forward to working with the guys and on some common-sense legislation,” McBride said Tuesday night. “I'm not a grandstander.”
He said he wants to work for a “smarter government and smaller government.”
In the House District 88 race, Kay Floyd, of Oklahoma City, easily defeated Mike Dover.
Floyd, a state administrative law judge who presides over disputes in state agencies, won 63 percent of the vote. She received 904 votes compared with 532 votes for Dover, who retired after 27 years as executive director of Variety Health Center, a nonprofit community health center that provides health care to low-income families.
“We just kept doing what we've been doing,” Floyd said Tuesday night. “We ran the runoff the way we ran the primary, and I think that's why we were successful.”
She said she spent a lot of time talking with voters at their homes.
“I'm just very grateful the voters responded so well and that they turned out and they came to the polls,” Floyd said.
Floyd will face Republican Aaron Kaspereit, of Oklahoma City, in the Nov. 6 general election. The winner will succeed Rep. Al McAffrey, D-Oklahoma City, who was elected in February to the state Senate.
In the other House race, Jerry Rains, of Muskogee, won the Democratic runoff primary election race in House District 14 with 58.5 percent of the vote.
He received 1,522 votes compared with 1,080 for Bobby Jefferson, of Muskogee. Rains will face Republican Arthur Hulbert, of Fort Gibson, in November. The winner of that race will succeed Rep. George Faught, R-Muskogee, who resigned his post to run for Congress.
The runoff elections are for candidates who failed to get a majority of votes cast among a field of three or more contenders in the June 26 primary election.
All the winners Tuesday were the top vote-getters in the June primaries.
Republicans, who had a 67-31 advantage when this year's session adjourned in late May, will have a 47-20 majority after Tuesday's election results. The 34 other seats will be filled in the Nov. 6 general election.