In a nail-bitter special election for the Senate District 37 seat, Democrat Allison Ikley-Freeman defeated Republican Brian O'Hara by a mere 31 votes out of 4,437 ballots cast.
The 26 year-old married mother of three works as a therapist at a Tulsa-based non-profit mental health agency and volunteers with Tulsa Achieves. She resides in West Tulsa and attends Centenary United Methodist Church. She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology, and a master's in Clinical Mental Health.
Freeman won 2,234 votes, or 50.35% to defeat O'Hara, a former Jenks City Councilman and Deputy District Director for Congressman Jim Bridenstine.
Ikley-Freeman ran on a platform of increased funding for education, health care, and daycare assistance. She has advocated for increased oversight of police, reduced tax incentives for large businesses, improvements to infrastructure, and reduced restrictions on residential use of solar energy.
Freeman will take over for third-term Republican Dan Newberry who resigned just six months after reelection.