The Norman Transcript


November 7, 2012

District 45 race too close to call



“These people... I’m so humbled. I’m in shock,” she said. “These people came out and they gave me their time. They gave me their money. We ran a grass roots campaign.”

At Stiles’ watch party Tuesday night before results came in, he said he was proud of the way his campaign was run this year which was “100 percent positive.”

“I could do everything just perfectly and it’ll still always be close,” Stiles said. “It’s a district that’s always close and it’s always going to be close.”

Collins held the seat for 8 years before being unseated by Stiles two years ago. In the current campaign, Stiles defeated Republican challenger Derick Jensen by a generous 75 percent margin in the June 26 primary.

“This particular election —I’ve never seen a campaign run more nasty than this one here and I’ve been on campaign the last 12 years with Congressman Watts,” he said.

Hobson praised Roberts’ courage to “tell the truth” about Stiles.

Roberts served as the Cleveland County Election Board secretary from 1989 until 2011 and was a Norman teacher.

She is a longtime Norman resident. As a 15-year breast cancer survivor, Roberts has said she 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 the needs of military families. Roberts has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma.

Stiles was born and raised in Cleveland County. He is owner and lead counsel for the Stiles Legal Group, based in Norman. He and wife, JoAnne, have been married eight years.


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