The Tulsa Area Republican Assembly met tonight to endorse a candidate in the upcoming Special election for House District 76 (Broken Arrow). Numerous candidates appeared before the group to make their case for the support of this conservative group.
The candidates were given extended time for speeches at last month's meeting. Then they were asked 20-questions in a written inquiry. Finally, they were asked to be available to the members for individual concerns.
Tonight they summed up their appeal for the support just before the members held a group discussion and balloted vote.
Shelley Brumbaugh was the overwhelming choice, garnering 94.7% of the vote. This far exceeded the 67% threshold for the organization's formal endorsement.
Shelley (Edwards) Brumbaugh is a small business voice for the legislature. She grew up in a family dry cleaning business, in Wagoner, OK. She and her late husband, Rep. David Brumbaugh, operated their own energy company for several years. While he was serving in the legislature, Shelley was keeping the operation profitable and running efficiently. She also served and David's closest political consultant on several matters.
"Shelley is uniquely qualified because of the special role she played in so much of her husband's public representation. She is well apprised of the political landscape of state government and especially the House lawmaking process. She will not be a naive freshman lawmaker.".