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(Editor’s note: In our #HotRace series, NonDoc seeks to provide a digest of candidate information filtered from publicly available resources. The following candidate SD 36 profiles serve as preliminary resources with which voters can conduct their own research.)

Sen. Bill Brown (R-Broken Arrow) will be leaving the Oklahoma Senate owing to term limits. Now an open seat, Republican-leaning Senate District 36 has attracted six candidates: four Republicans and two Democrats.

The primary will be held June 26. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote in their respective primary, SD 36 voters will participate in a runoff-primary election between the top two vote-getters Aug. 28.

SD 36 in brief

  • Outgoing office holder: Sen. Bill Brown
  • Zip codes represented: 74012, 74014, 74129, 74133, 74134, 74146
  • Counties represented: Tulsa, Wagoner
  • Townships represented: Tulsa, Wagoner, Broken Arrow

Candidates appear in alphabetical order with incumbent party listed first. Photos and content have been taken from publicly available resources.

David Dambroso (R)

Profession: Conservative commentator
Political experience: None
Platform: Dambroso’s website says he will fight for the expansion of Second Amendment rights, balance the budget with no new taxes and end abortion, calling the latter the “greatest moral issue of our time” in a campaign video. He has aligned his views with those of President Donald Trump and draws inspiration from his policy stances.
Links: Website | FacebookCampaign video

Bill Day (R)

Profession: Software engineer
Political experience: Volunteer for his school district’s long-range planning committee
Platform: Day states that strong education attracts strong businesses and that he will fight to fully fund education in Oklahoma. His website says he believes in wildlife and land preservation, that Oklahoma should look for economic innovation to raise revenue and that life begins when “DNA assembles.”
Links: Website Facebook | TwitterCampaign Video

John Haste (R)

Profession: Business executive
Political experience: Served on the OSU Medical Authority
Platform: Haste has stated that he will be a proactive, not reactionary, lawmaker who solves problems instead of leaving them for future lawmakers. He supports a 10-year education-funding plan to increase teacher pay and decrease classroom sizes.
Links: Website | Facebook

Dana Prieto (R)

Profession: Owner and operator of Everlasting Enterprises Inc., an online marketing firm, which features this seemingly formulaic promotional video.
Political experience: None
Platform: Similar to Dambroso, Prieto’s website has a whole page entitled “Justice for the Unborn” under a menu link labeled “NO MORE ABORTION.” He also has expressed an admiration for and gratitude to Trump. Prieto further states a belief in limited government and says he would aim to increase tax revenue by fostering a more business-friendly environment.
Links: Website | Facebook

Alan R. Leizear (D)

Profession: Attorney
Political experience: Assistant general counsel with the Oklahoma Tax Commission
Platform: As an attorney, Leizear’s Crowdpac page emphasizes his ability to stop unconstitutional bills from passing the Oklahoma Legislature. He also discusses on Facebook the need for more mental health programs for Oklahomans and would address over-incarceration in Oklahoma prisons.
Links: Facebook | Crowdpac

Bryan O’Brien (D)

Profession: Oklahoma Regional Coordinator for EF Foundation for Foreign Study
Political experience: None
Platform: O’Brien is a retired teacher and has a pro-education platform. His Facebook discusses the need for a renegotiation of student-loan debt as well as full-tuition funding for families making less than $250,000 a year.
Links: Facebook

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