Senate District 24

(Editor’s note: In our #HotRace series, NonDoc seeks to provide a digest of candidate information filtered from publicly available resources. The following candidate profiles serve as a preliminary resource for voters to conduct their own research.)

Thanks to Sen. Anthony Sykes (R-Moore) terming out of the Oklahoma Legislature, Senate District 24 is an open seat that Republicans would like to keep.

While this #HotRace will have no Democratic primary, the Republican ticket features two candidates, including the former director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

The primary will be held on June 26. A primary-runoff election is not possible.

Senate District 24 in brief

  • Outgoing office holder: Sen. Anthony Sykes
  • ZIP codes represented: 73069, 73071, 73072, 73139, 73160, 73165, 73170
  • Counties represented: Cleveland
  • Townships represented: Moore, Oklahoma City
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Candidates appear in alphabetical order with incumbent party listed first. Photos and content have been taken from publicly available resources.

Dan Belcher (R)

Profession: Small-business owner, operator of two real estate companies and a landscape/property preservation company
Political experience: None
Platform: Belcher states that thriving businesses are the key to a strong community. His website says he is against further tax increases in Oklahoma and cites a desire to uphold conservative values in the Senate.
Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Darrell Weaver (R)

Profession: Former CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Oklahoma (though his campaign website states he “currently” holds the position), Christian author, small-business owner.
Political experience: Darrell Weaver is the former head of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, where he worked for 28 years. He is a 2014 inductee into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame, and in 2016 he published a memoir titled Undercover Drug Agent: A Walk of Faith.
Platform: Weaver describes himself as a conservative Republican, and on Facebook he says he would like to cut back on government regulations to allow more room for economic growth.
Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Renée Jerden (D)

Profession: Middle school choir teacher in Norman
Political experience: None
Platform: Jerden states she will fight for more education funding if elected. Her website says she will combat poverty and be a champion for social justice.
Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter