District 73 represents much of North Tulsa, parts of Downtown Tulsa and the Pearl and Kendall Whittier Districts. The seat became vacant after Tuesday’s election, where State Representative Kevin Matthews won the special election for the open seat for Senate District 11 after Jabar Shumate vacated his seat.
As a community leader, Townsend (D) has served as the President of NAACP of Young Adults and is the founder of the non-profit organization NEON. He also was very active in the Kathy Taylor mayoral campaign, and most recently could be found assisting with grassroots efforts for Connie Johnson’s U.S. Senate race, coordinating and hosting a meet and greet. Townsend also spent time volunteering for the Joe Dorman for Governor Campaign.
Townsend, a Tulsa native, has lived and attended school in his community. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Oral Roberts University. He then went on to pursue his master’s degree in Educational Leadership with a focus on Higher Education at Oklahoma State University Tulsa Campus.
He attends First Baptist Church of North Tulsa and is active in many community activities, and is an educator at Burrough’s Elementary. When Jonathan is not out bringing awareness to voting and civic engagement, he is donating his time giving motivational speeches to various organizations within the community. Most recently, he was a speaker at the Teach For America Regional Summit, where he spoke on “The Other 18 (hours): Social and Community Issues that Impact Student Performance.”
“As we get ready to transition into new leadership, let’s remember the core values that we’ve had in this community that aren’t new at all: our passion, our love, our commitment to the community- those things that have held us together for so long,” Townsend said as he was announcing his candidacy on Tuesday evening. Jonathan has a passion for helping grow a stronger community, he said. If elected, he plans to work tirelessly to help the people of his district and the people of Oklahoma, he said. “I would like to invite you to join the movement and I’m humbly asking for your support as I run for State Representative of District 73 in Tulsa.”
More information can be found about Townsend on his Web site, TownsendforTulsa.com. For press inquiries, please contact Veronica Scoggins or Nathaniel Morris at (918) 376-0074 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Governor Mary Fallin has yet to set a date for the special election. To see his announcement video click below.