The Norman Transcript

Headlines

November 7, 2012

District 45 race too close to call

NORMAN — The land of the red people, Oklahoma, is one of the reddest states in the nation politically.

Enter Paula Roberts, former election board secretary, educator, and Democrat.

“Everyone told me I was crazy challenging an incumbent Republican,” she said.

But her husband Barry, who hates politics said he’d support her bid and her daughter Amanda put her life on hold to come help Roberts run her campaign. They, along with dozens of supporters knocked doors tirelessly and the effort paid off.

Against all odds, it looked like Roberts had defeated incumbent Aaron Stiles, but a confusion with the numbers and slight discrepancies in two districts meant delayed results. In addition, Amanda Roberts, Paula Roberts’ daughter and campaign manager, reported their estimates put Paula up by a slim 71 votes with the absentee votes still outstanding.

For Roberts and Stiles, it was destined to be a long and bumpy night.

Stiles understands about odds. Two years ago, he stole the seat from long-time Democratic incumbent, Wallace Collins, edging Collins out by a 500 vote margin.

This year’s race was skin tight and too close to call as of press time.

“Of the results I’ve seen, Paula (Roberts) may be the only Democrat to beat an incumbent Republican house member in Oklahoma,” said former president pro tem and longtime state legislator, Cal Hobson.

Hobson said in addition to being an incumbent and a Republican in a red state, Stiles had the money, including virtually all of the PAC money.

“She got the education money, he got all the rest,” Hobson said.

He said hard work and grassroots effort kept Roberts in the race and could ultimately lead to a victory.

“The hard part of campaigning is door-to-door, personal contact,” Hobson said.

Roberts agreed, attributing the success of her campaign to her supporters.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Coaches Luncheon Mixon question off-limits at coaches luncheon

    Toby Rowland addressed the elephant in the room even before Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and offensive coordinator Josh Heupel arrived Wednesday at Journey Church....

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mixon will not participate in practice

    Preseason practice begins for Oklahoma today. Freshman running back Joe Mixon will not be there. The school announced the decision Wednesday night....

    July 31, 2014

  • Nova Pettigrew Music community bands together to raise money for 2-year-old’s battle with rare form of cancer

    Two-year old Nova Pettigrew was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer six weeks ago. Her father, former Deli sound technician and musician James Pettigrew, noticed something was wrong when running turned to walking, then limping, then ...

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Deputies cleared, return to work

    Two deputies involved in a deadly shooting earlier this month are expected to return to work today after being cleared by the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office. “They (the Sheriff’s Office) gave me their investigation, I ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Meet the Sooners on Saturday

    Meet the Sooners Day will be Saturday at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The annual, free event kicks off preseason practice and gives University of Oklahoma fans an opportunity to interact with their favorite players and ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Okla. City museum shows pigeons in positive light

    OKLAHOMA CITY — It wasn’t long after Lorrie Monteiro started her new gig as curator of the American Pigeon Museum that she started to wonder, “What have I done?” Monteiro had experience working at museums but knew almost nothing about the ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Five more bike racks installed downtown

    Public art was installed Thursday along east Main Street in historic downtown Norman. Five colorful art pieces aren’t just for looks. The musical notes, dream catcher, fork and spoon, scissortail flycatcher and a bent arrow also are bike ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Wastewater upgrade under way

    Norman’s $63 million water reclamation facility upgrade is under way. Once known as a sewer plant, the facility’s moniker reflects the current trend in water reuse and treatment that’s crossing the United States....

    August 1, 2014

  • OKC man charged with rape

    After being brutally raped and kidnapped for four days, a woman escaped and called 911 last week, which led to charges against an Oklahoma City man. Zohaib Sahibzada Dastgir, 28, was charged with three counts of first-degree rape, two ...

    August 1, 2014

  • One killed when shipping container falls onto vehicle

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City police say one person was killed when a shipping container was knocked from an Oklahoma National Guard vehicle and landed on a pickup truck....

    August 1, 2014