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Government

October 21, 2012

State Senate race up for grabs

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NORMAN —

The numbers of those registering as Independents are growing also.

“We have a total of 146,150 registered voters,” Cleveland County Election Board Secretary Jim Williams said a couple of weeks before the registration deadline. “Of those, 69,778 are Republicans, 56,009 are Democrats and we have 20,363 Independents.”

Griffith and Standridge aren’t letting those numbers affect their outlooks. Griffith knows Oklahoma has become a Democrat hostile environment. Standridge is taking nothing for granted and has said he will work as if he were running behind.

What both candidates know is that Senate District 15 contains portions of core Norman and the university. Those votes could go either way.

State Senate 15 includes voter precincts 3, 12, 13, 25, 26, 27, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 45, 49, 53, 55, 63,64, 65, 71, 73, 74, 76, 77, 78, 87, 91, 94, and 95.

Democrat Claudia Griffith

Claudia Griffith is a lifelong Oklahoman with deep roots in our communities. Griffith has been married to her husband Jim, a dentist and city councilman in Norman, for 40 years. They raised their family in Norman and continue to call it home. Griffith is a Registered Nurse with a Masters in Public Health from the University of Oklahoma. She worked in an array of medical positions including neurosurgical units and was Norman Regional Hospital’s first full time Patient Education Coordinator. Griffith also worked at Cleveland County Health department and was a program consultant at Oklahoma University Health promotions, working with Native American tribes all over the United States on health issues.

She believes her lifetime of experience gives her the ability to communicate effectively and efficiently the issues of health care, jobs and the economy to voter’s and community leaders.

Griffith and her husband are active parents and community leaders. As PTA president at Jefferson Elementary, Longfellow Middle School and Norman North High, she was active in the Boy Scouts of America and the Center for Children and Families. She currently serves on the Board of Middle Earth Day Care, a non-profit early child center. Griffith’s children all have graduated or are attending the University of Oklahoma and continue to be active community members.

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