Oklahoma City – In a night when the future of liberty and freedom in Oklahoma City literally hung by a thread, Liberty Candidates Jake Merrick, Bradley Carter, Barbara Young and Stacie Peterson scored huge victories over establishment candidates.
While all of the Liberty Candidates trailed after the absentee voting, a typical pattern given the predilection of Democrats and liberal Republican to vote absentee, the biggest rally of the night belonged to Stacie Peterson, Edmond Ward 4. Peterson trailed by several hundred votes when the night began, only to pull out a 317-vote victory as the last precincts rolled in.
The biggest surprise of the night came from the bellwether OKC Ward 3 race where Barbara Young, who failed to take a single precinct in the February primary, rallied from a slim 34-vote deficit in the absentee votes tonight to storm to a resounding 552-vote victory over the Republican imposter Jessica Martinez-Brooks. Overwhelmed with her victory, the jubilant Young Campaign released the following statement:
“Thank you OKC neighbors! From supporting law enforcement, fighting for infrastructure and investment in our part of OKC to keeping taxes low and creating jobs for our families, I’ll champion our shared values, and my door is open to everyone. I appreciate the robust debate we’ve had about the future of the city during this campaign, and I commend my opponent for putting her name on the ballot… an act of love, dedication and courage! I’ll represent everyone if you voted for me or not, and I look forward to working hard for our ward three families.”
The closest race of the evening belonged to OKC Ward 1. For most of the night as little as 1 vote separated Bradley Carter and Shay Varnell. As the Canadian County results rolled in, which broke for Carter by a whopping 714votes, he was able to overcome a 62-vote absentee vote deficit for a 372 vote victory.
The largest margin of victory of the night belonged to Jake Merrick, who overcame a 245-vote deficit early to win by an astonishing 3,500 votes in the staunchly conservative Senate District 22 to replace US Congresswoman Stephanie Bice (CD 5).
Sadly, the evening wasn’t a complete sweep for the Liberty Candidates, as Margaret Best, Sheryl Janis, and Nathan Walters suffered defeats in the Edmond municipal races, likely due to the Edmond City Council ending the mask mandate two weeks ago. It seems the voters of Edmond have much shorter memories than expected.
Derrick Lariviere fought valiantly in the Deer Creek School Board (Ward 1) election, challenging the incumbent Michael Kiehn in a hotly contested race. Despite the strong efforts, Lariviere eventually lost to Kiehn by only 152 votes. Given his strong showing, and the fact that Councilman Stonecipher (OKC Ward 8) is up for re-election in 2 years, this may not be the last we’ve heard of Mr. Lariviere.
Edmond results not withstanding, the future of liberty and freedom in Oklahoma City is bright. When faced with losing the last bastions of conservatism in the capital city, the citizens of Oklahoma City’s Wards 1 and 3 rose to the occasion and stood tall. With tonight’s victory they preserved the opportunity to retake the city council with the ’23 election cycle. It’s a night to celebrate for sure.