NORMAN — The competition for Oklahoma House District 20 has been steep, with four candidates in the Republican Primary and two in the Democratic Primary battling it out for the seat to be vacated by Rep. Paul Roan, D-Tishomingo, who term-limited out.
In the primary, Republican Bobby Cleveland, of Slaughterville, defeated three candidates from Newcastle — Gil Hensley, Paul Maus and Alon Morrison.
Democrat Matt Branstetter, of Noble, triumphed over Rodney Johnson, also of Noble.
Cleveland currently is serving his second term as Cleveland County GOP chair. He served as a delegate for the presidential electoral college in 2008 and is well-known throughout the county as the Slaughterville mayor.
Active in civic affairs within the community, Branstetter served as president of the Noble Chamber of Commerce in 2004 and remains an active and involved member.
Oklahoma state representatives must be 21 years of age at the time of their election. During their terms of office, legislators must reside and be eligible to vote in their legislative districts.
Democrat Matt Branstetter: Branstetter wants to take common sense and Main Street values to the Oklahoma House. His office is on Main Street in Noble.
Branstetter has worked in the investment business for more than 20 years, owning a successful small business for more than a decade.
He believes in fiscal responsibility and practices what he preaches, advising clients on how to wisely spend and invest hard earned dollars. Branstetter believes government should spend tax dollars the same way, making the most of every dollar. Branstetter said he will fight to protect small businesses and create jobs.
Branstetter has a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a minor in congressional studies, all from the University of Oklahoma. He has been married to Tracy Nadeau since May 1979. They have three children: Kyla, Erik and Bonnie.