EDMOND, OK – A robust group of community leaders with diverse backgrounds have formed a committee to advise Pastor Paul Blair on a potential run in 2016 for the Oklahoma State Senate, District 41, on the Republican ticket.
Marc Nuttle, who serves on the board stated, “Next year is critical for voters to be well- informed in determining the direction of our state and nation. We face unprecedented economic, geopolitical, and policy challenges that must be navigated thoughtfully and wisely. I am pleased to serve with an outstanding committee, and to support Paul Blair in making a decision, that must be made, to continue Oklahoma on a sustainable path of sound fiscal and policy responsibility.”
Members of the Exploratory Committee include:
US Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK-1)
US Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5)
OK Senator Nathan Dahm
OK Senator Josh Brecheen
OK Senator Joseph Silk
OK Representative Bobby Cleveland
OK Representative Dan Fisher
OK Representative Lewis Moore
Mr. Marc Nuttle
Mr. & Mrs. Jim & Joy Harlan
Mr. & Mrs. Larry Woods and Victoria Chappell-Woods
Mrs. Marianna Verga Lloyd
Pastor Blake Gideon
Pastor Kevin Clarkson
Mr. David Hornbeek
Mr. & Mrs. Ike & Peggy Burris
Mr. Stan Ward
Mr. Tom Hill
The district 41 state senate seat will be open due to term limits, which require the exit of current State Senator Clark Jolley.
Blair stated, “I have reached out to Clark Jolley to thank him for serving District 41 and wish him well on his return to the private sector in 2016. I am grateful to the strong team of advisors who have already stepped forward to surround me with prayer and advice as I
consider this important service to the people of our district and state. We will consider this prayerfully and will make a final decision in the near future.”
Blair is a former offensive lineman for the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings. He was born and raised in Edmond graduating from Edmond Memorial High School before receiving a football scholarship to attend Oklahoma State University, where he earned distinction as an award-winning offensive tackle.
Blair serves as Senior Pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond, and is Director of Reclaiming America for Christ. In 2008, he was named Pastor of the Year for the State of Oklahoma by the Bott Radio Network. In 2011, Blair was named National Pastor of the Year by Vision America at the Westin Galleria in Houston. In 2013, he was given the “James Caldwell” award by the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association. Blair is also a founding partner of a small business headquartered in Edmond for the past 28 years. He and his wife Cindy have two sons, Joshua and Jacob. Both young men currently attend the University of Central Oklahoma.
Elections for Oklahoma Senate District 41 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.