NORMAN — Norman attorney Aaron Stiles is making yet another bid for the State House District 45 seat. The difference this time is Stiles is the incumbent.
Four years ago, Stiles challenged the Democratic incumbent, Wallace Collins, and lost. Not deterred, he tried again in a more GOP friendly environment two years ago and won by just under 500 votes.
Collins had the seat for 14 years.
In the June 26 primary, Stiles defeated Republican challenger Derick Jensen by a generous 75 percent margin.
The General Election on Nov. 6 may be more of a challenge.
Stiles takes on Democrat Paula Roberts, also of Norman, and a well-known name throughout Cleveland County. Roberts served as the Cleveland County Election Board secretary from 1989 until 2011 and was a Norman teacher.
The only Democrat in the race, Roberts said she is seeking a seat in the House because she is concerned that the “narrow agenda and radical ideology” of Republicans “will hurt our state economically.”
House District 45 contains almost all of Lake Thunderbird, where much of Norman’s growth is occurring. It’s voting precincts are 3, 12, 25, 26, 28, 30, 32, 55, 81, 82 and 94.
Democrat Paula Roberts: Roberts is a longtime Norman resident. Public service has always been her guiding principle, she said. That principle enabled her to achieve success as a teacher at Norman High and at the Cleveland County Election Board. Her experience as a teacher has made education one of her top priorities.
Roberts believes the best way to obtain jobs and business in Oklahoma is by having an educated work force.
As a 15-year breast cancer survivor, Roberts will champion women’s health needs and will promote programs for early detection and treatment. Her 30 years as a military spouse has given her a deep respect for veterans and an understanding of the needs of military families.
Roberts has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma. She taught business classes at Norman High. During her tenure at the election board, her goal was to see that every candidate and voter was treated courteously and efficiently, without regard to party affiliation.