Cherokee candidate for Oklahoma Senate wins runoff

Dalton Walker
Indian Country Today

Shane Jett is one step closer to being back in the Oklahoma Legislature.

Jett, Cherokee, beat incumbent and two-term state senator Ron Sharp in Tuesday’s Oklahoma primary runoff to represent the Republican Party in November’s general election District 17 race.

Jett received 4,611 votes, or 59 percent, to Sharp’s 3,153 votes, or 41 percent, according to the state Election Board. Jett next faces Libertarian candidate Greg Sadler in the race for a four-year Senate term in a district that includes eastern Oklahoma and northern Pottawatomie counties, in the central part of the state.

Tuesday’s win is not a total surprise. Jett received the most votes in June’s three-person Republican primary to advance to the runoff.

If Jett wins in November, it’ll be 10 years since he served as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He served from 2004 to 2010 before two unsuccessful runs for the 5th Congressional District’s Republican Party nomination in 2010 and 2014.

Jett is a retired U.S. Navy lieutenant, and has run his campaign on strengthening the economy, improving schools and roads and government accountability.

Jett joins two other Native candidates vying for state Senate seats in Oklahoma and nine Native candidates seeking a state House seat in the general election. He was the lone Native candidate in Tuesday’s runoff.

Recently, both Jett and Sharp had been in local news reports for matters beyond their campaigns.

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