NORMAN — Miranda Norman, a young mother from Norman, is challenging State Rep. Scott Martin to the House District 46 seat.
Norman, 26, listed veterans issues as her top priority. Norman is office chair of the Young Democrats of Oklahoma Veterans Caucus. She is data coordinator for Marketing Solutions Group.
Martin, 36, of Norman seeks re-election for the seat he's held since 2006. The Republican previously was an assistant to the city manager of Norman.
"It really instilled in me a great foundation of the true purpose of good, efficient government," Martin said.
Norman served six months in Iraq in 2004 as a member of the Oklahoma Army National Guard. Her brother is still deployed there. She said National Guard forces are stretched thin, leaving state needs in jeopardy. Norman said she'll work to ease the tax burden on the middle class, and seek to improve schools, roads and bridges.
Norman has a 5-year-old daughter. Norman attended the University of Oklahoma and was born in Henryetta.
Martin, 36, has a 1-year-old son with his wife, Angela. Martin was born and raised in Tulsa, and received a political science degree from OU.
He said he supports legislation requiring all road user fees be spent on maintaining roads and not for the general revenue fund. He said he wants to limit state government and wants more efficiency in spending. He also supports continued reduction of the state income tax.
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House District 46
Scott Martin, Republican, 36, Norman (incumbent); Miranda Norman, Democrat, 26, Norman.
• District: Parts of southern Cleveland County and northern McClain County.
• Voters: 10,224 Democrats, 11,016 Republicans, 2,851 independents.