Special election set

State Senator Jabar Shumate

State Senator Jabar Shumate

Tulsa’s Jabar Shumate (Democrat District 11) announced his resignation last week and Monday Gov. Mary Fallin set the dates for a special election to fill the unexpired term.

Fallin issued a proclamation setting the filing period for the special election from Jan. 19-21. If necessary, a special primary election will be April 7, with a general election June 9.

If a primary isn’t needed, the special general election will be April 7.

Democratic state Sen. Jabar Shumate announced last week that he was stepping down, effective Tuesday. The 38-year-old from north Tulsa said he was taking a job in the private sector, but declined to discuss details.

Shumate is in the final two years of his term and couldn’t have run again because of term limits.

District Information: District 11

Zip codes Represented

74103, 74104, 74106, 74110, 74112, 74115, 74117, 74119, 74120, 74126, 74127, and 74130.

Sen. Shumate in announcing his decision to step down from his District 11 seat, said, “Most of my professional career has been dedicated to serving the people of north Tulsa in the Oklahoma Legislature.  It’s been an honor to represent the citizens of Senate District 11, and before that, the constituents of House District 73.

“However, I was recently encouraged to pursue other opportunities that will allow me to continue to work to improve education and champion other issues I am passionate about.

“I am proud to have served in the Oklahoma Legislature, and it has been a privilege to work with my fellow members.  I want to express my thanks to our staff for their dedication and professionalism, and my gratitude to the citizens of Tulsa for allowing me to represent them.”

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