BARTLESVILLE, OK – Julie Daniels, former Bartlesville mayor and longtime civic leader, has announced that she will seek a state Senate seat.
“It would be an honor to represent the residents of District 29 as your next state senator and continue the dedicated public service of John Ford,” Daniels said in a press release issued this week.
Incumbent Sen. John Ford cannot seek re-election in 2016, due to term limits. Daniels is seeking the Republican Party nomination. The primary election is June 28, 2016.
“I’m in a solid position to address our state’s challenges and maximize our opportunities because of my work in city government and leadership in a variety of community organizations,” Daniels said in the release. “And, I’ll keep you — the taxpayer — front and center.”
Daniels says she will focus on reducing taxes, spending, rules and regulations on individuals, businesses and communities.
“Let’s make our state government limited, effective and economical,” said Daniels.
Daniels cites water supply, the county jail and a city labor issue as examples of her work to reduce costs to taxpayers.
“We are getting closer to a response to our 2008 request to buy additional water storage from the federal government at an affordable price. We saved county taxpayers millions of dollars by defeating the first jail proposal in 2008, buying time for the city and county to cooperate on jail services and emergency dispatch while getting other costs down. And, we succeeded in overturning a 2004 Democrat majority union measure, which would have made city government more expensive, when former Rep. Steve Martin’s repeal bill passed in 2011.”
Daniels represented Ward 2 on the Bartlesville City Council from 2001 to 2009 and served as mayor from 2005 to 2007. She focused on the Bartlesville regional water supply issue throughout her eight years on the council. She worked as a volunteer liaison between the city and federal elected officials after leaving office.
At the state level, Daniels serves as a member of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Commission.
“Four years as a tourism commissioner have been invaluable in learning how a state agency functions, relates to the legislature and works to fulfill its mission even with budget reductions,” Daniels said.
Daniels represented northeast Oklahoma in the public phase of the state water plan, adopted in 2012.
“Water supply and distribution are critical issues facing our state,” said Daniels. “The planning effort introduced me to challenges facing the rest of the Oklahoma.”
Daniels also served on the Oklahoma Centennial Commemoration Commission from 1994 to 2008.
For the past six years Daniels has devoted herself to helping revitalize and grow the Boys and Girls Club of Bartlesville. She is a member of the Capital Campaign Committee and served three years as board president.
“It’s a joy to volunteer for my club,” Daniels said. “District 29 also has clubs in Nowata and Chelsea. These club members deserve our involvement and support.”
Daniels also serves on the boards of Arvest Bank, Bluestem Medical Development Foundation and Leadership Oklahoma. She chaired the Bartlesville Regional Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee for the past five years.
Daniels led the capital campaign to expand the Service League Youth Canteen in 1999 and was a member of the high school facilities committee that brought forward the science wing, fine arts center and field house for the 2001 school bond election. While on the city council she advocated for the extension of Silver Lake Road and for the allocation of capital sales tax dollars to begin downtown redevelopment in 2003. She helped put together the public/private partnerships that saved the Memorial Bridge, recreated the Nellie Johnstone No. 1 oil well, relocated and restored the No. 940 Locomotive and kept Sooner Pool open.
Julie Daniels has lived in Bartlesville for 27 years. She was born and raised in Oklahoma City. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa College of Law. She and husband Charlie have been married 38 years, and have two adult sons and a daughter-in-law. They are members of Bartlesville First Church.
Sherry Cox will serve as treasurer for the Daniels for Senate Committee. The campaign committee will be announced soon.
“I want to thank those who have already expressed support for my candidacy and offered opinions on issues important to them,” said Daniels. “I will use the year ahead to meet as many voters as possible, and listen and learn from them. I have a track record of working with others to address challenges and make the most of opportunities. If elected, I will be prepared to go to work for District 29.”
Elections for Oklahoma Senate District 29 will be held along with other major elections in June of 2016. You can find more information about the candidates on FortySix News 2016 Elections page.