Broken Arrow 2019 City Council Election
Broken Arrow City Council elections will occur on April 2, 2019
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Meet the Candidates
Councilmember, Ward 3
Mike Lester (Incumbent)
Youngest of (7) boys – all graduates of BAHS; BA Native – 1966 BAHS; NSU – BS Business Administration ’70 – MS Criminal Justice Adm. OCU ’75; Married to Pat for 35 yrs – Pat was a Union PS First Grade Teacher for 38 yrs; (2) sons – (1) Irrigation Contractor (1) TU Football Coach – (2) granddaughters (1) Freshman University of Louisiana-Monroe (1) Sophomore Jenks HS; Tulsa Police – 6 yrs; Member Greater Tulsa Assn of Realtors – OK & Nat’l Realtor Assn; GTAR Board of Directors – 4 yrs – Northeast OK Real Estate Services Board 4 yrs; Owner of General Contractor Firm – 42 yrs; Owner of Commercial Real Estate Firm – 37 yrs; Union Long Range Planning Committee – 28 yrs; Union Education Foundation Founding Member / President – 6 yrs; Union Board of Education – 5 yrs (nepotism law rescinded when ran – re-established at end of term); Union- various committees / booster clubs from 1985-2005; BA Civitans – Service Club – 27 yrs; BA Chamber Board of Directors / Economic Development Corp – 3 yrs each; BA Planning Commission – 10 yrs; BA Board of Adjustment – 1 yr; BA City Council – 12 yrs; Coordinated the purchase & development of former Bever house into a Memorial Garden for those lost; the sisters left behind; the First Responders who, within a horrendous crime scene, did their job – Of the cost to develop the Memorial Garden by the City of BA at $170K, through by contacts, got approx. 50% donated; 2005 Chaired a Chamber Committee on the re-development of the 101st & Elm Pl; 2019 Vice-Chair of the National League of Cities Public Safety/Crime Prevention Steering Committee – 12 yr member;
Voters can find more information on Mike’s Facebook page.
Christi Gillespie is an active member of BA PTA. She currently serves on the Oklahoma PTA Board as Legislative Chair. She will be representing the state of OK in Washington DC March 12-14. Christi has served on numerous PTA boards in the past 14 years as President, Fundraising Chair, Council Delegate; as well as the Legislative Liaison for BA PTA Council. March 4-5 she will be attending the OneVoice Day at the Capitol. Christi fell in love with Broken Arrow when she moved here as a child & even though her family was in a different state, chose BA as her forever home. She & her husband Michael are active in the community & their daughter, Madison, graduated from BAHS in 2018. Madison is currently attending TCC utilizing the Tulsa Achieves scholarship, then plans to transfer to OU.
Some of Christi’s goals: Strengthen relationship & increase partnerships between the City & School District; Public Safety; Development in South BA; Actively engage with legislators to advocate for our great city.; Develop relationships to foster BA Tourism; Transportation/Street Maintenance Issues;
Other areas of COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Currently serves on BABBA committee (Build a Better BA); Committee most recently advocated for Successful GO Bond election; Currently serves on Broken arrow Chamber Government Affairs Committee; Oklahoma Mission of Mercy volunteer —Yearly event serving 1000s of OK residents’; Citizen’s Police Academy Graduate; Active Member of Citizen’s Police Academy alumni association
Voters can find more information on Christi’s Facebook page.
My name is Scott F. Lowry and I am a candidate for Broken Arrow City Council in Ward 3. Originally from Arkansas, I began serving community and country at a young age. I joined the US Army in 1994 and graduated high school in 1996. During my time in the Army I served in maintenance operations, combat arms, and various leadership/supervisory roles. My time in the military would include numerous missions and operations around the world as well as two active duty deployments to Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.
In 2006 I was elected to serve the citizens of Republic, MO as City Councilor. Serving an initial term of two years I was re-elected in 2008. I also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Republic Pregnancy Resource Center and served on several other committees within the city.
I and my family moved to Broken Arrow in 2010. In this time, we have had two children graduate from Broken Arrow High School and another set to graduate in 2023. I and my wife Lacy both work in Broken Arrow. We are proud and very fortunate to call Broken Arrow home and we want to see better for our community and city.
For Broken Arrow I would like to see development have more of a focus in south Broken Arrow. This would include street improvements such as widening and repairing as well as work to bring more businesses. Broken Arrow’s arterial roadways need to be analyzed to determine the needs for improvements and repairs. Speed limits need to be reviewed to determine if they are causing safety problems and traffic problems.
My utmost goal is to serve the citizens of Broken Arrow in a transparent, consistent manner. My experience as a City Councilor has provided me with the opportunity to experience firsthand how to best represent the citizens of Broken Arrow. I hope to be given the opportunity and earn your vote.
Voters can find more information on Scott’s Facebook page.
Councilmember, Ward 4
Scott Eudey (Incumbent)
Vice Mayor Scott Eudey joined the Broken Arrow City Council in April, 2015 and was chosen as Vice Mayor by his fellow Council members in 2017. A resident of south Broken Arrow, Eudey will continue to work to replicate the success of the area around Bass Pro Shops and the Rose District in south Broken Arrow while retaining the unique nature of the southern part of our City. Additionally, with the success of the recent bond election, Eudey looks forward to helping oversee the numerous street and storm water improvements that will be taking place in the future. Likewise, he will continue to fight hard to keep Broken Arrow the safe community that it is by providing whatever support is necessary to our Police and Fire Departments.
Eudey attended the University of Tulsa where he graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and studied education and music. After earning his Juris Doctorate in 1998 from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas, Eudey returned to Oklahoma and made Broken Arrow his home.
Eudey started his legal career in 1998 as an associate attorney in the law offices of Jack W. Ross & Associates, located on Main Street in what is now known as the Rose District. Eudey has been the managing partner of Ross & Eudey since 2010 and focuses on estate planning, business development, real estate and contracts. In 2016 and 2017, he was awarded the Broken Arrow Ledger’s Reader’s Choice award for his work as an attorney. Since making Broken Arrow his home, Eudey has served in numerous community service organizations and leadership positions.
Voters can find more information on Scott’s Facebook page.
Broken Arrow has been my home for most of my life beginning in the late 1970s. I attended BA schools with my five sisters and two brothers and four of my own children have graduated here as well. I received my B.B.A. in Finance from NSU. My background includes management, finance, insurance, marketing, advertising and real estate and I am currently a Realtor. I have seen us grow from a small town to the expanding city we are now and have been proud of our overall progress.
Over the last several years, however, I have heard more and more concerns from neighbors over the direction of our development. While people are in favor of our new Rose District and Hillside, many feel south Broken Arrow and other areas have been neglected. In addition, the increasing traffic and issues resulting from the rapid growth frustrate residents from the north side. Many feel that they have no one in the city willing to listen to their concerns on these and other issues such as public safety, water quality and government decision processes.
I believe that the strongest communities develop and thrive from a spirit of cooperation and belonging. My goal is to help Broken Arrow continue to prosper by working with residents and businesses to identify and implement new opportunities for growth and to ensure that all of our citizens benefit from our great city’s prosperity. We all contribute to our growth through our taxes and I believe we should all have a voice.
Voters can find more information on Britni’s Facebook page.
Councilmember At Large
Johnnie Parks (Incumbent)
Johnnie Parks served on the Broken Arrow City Council from 1979-1994, Ward 1; the Broken Arrow Planning Commission 1995-2011; and was elected to the Council’s At Large position in the spring of 2011. Parks was reelected in 2015.
Parks graduated from Broken Arrow High School in 1965; Northern Oklahoma College in 1967; received a BS degree in Business from Oklahoma State University in 1969; and a Master’s Degree in Occupational and Adult Education from Oklahoma State University in 1999.
Throughout his career, Johnnie has been involved in the construction industry. Initially, he was a plumbing contractor with his family owned business, Parks Plumbing, Inc. in Broken Arrow. In 1995, after 30 years of ownership, he sold the business and began a career as an instructor in the state career tech system. For 10 years he taught incarcerated men and women the fundamentals of the construction trade for the Skills Centers Division of the Oklahoma State Career Tech. He was a Construction Instructor for Tri-County Technology Center in Bartlesville OK for 13 years. After a teaching career of a total of 23 years, Johnnie retired in 2017.
Johnnie and his wife of 51 years, Myrna (Wair), are lifelong residents of the City of Broken Arrow. They have three sons, two grandsons and one granddaughter. They have been active members at 1st United Methodist Church, Tulsa, for over 30 years.
Voters can find more information on Johnnie’s Facebook page.
Laura Ann Denktash
For the past 25 years Laura Ann Denktash has worked as a dedicated project manager, change agent, facilitator, trainer and process improvement coach in the aerospace, construction, gaming, government, manufacturing, and semiconductor environments. Her expertise is operations, supply chain and quality management systems. She has a passion for operational excellence and a proven ability to drive continuous improvement and customer satisfaction. She works for her customer.
Laura Ann came to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma in June of 2013 when she accepted the position of Performance Excellence Manager for VGT in Tulsa. There, she successfully led the 18-month implementation project for VGT’s ISO 9001 certification and has been managing and improving the system ever since. Prior to coming to Oklahoma, Denktash served for eight years as the Quality Manager for a large commercial construction company in Northern California.
Denktash has come to love Broken Arrow and now calls it her home. She has reached a point in her career where she wants to give back to the community. If elected, she promises to represent everyone in Broken Arrow fairly. She will display integrity and honesty in all interactions. Denktash wants to ensure transparency in all aspects of government, safe streets and strong support of our law enforcement, a strong vibrant business community that encompasses the entire city, a safe water supply, improved traffic flows, and more walkability throughout. She will do this by listening openly to the concerns of all community members with the goal of building a robust Broken Arrow while maintaining the “small town” charm. She wants to ensure revitalization takes place in all areas to protect property values. She has spent her career helping organizations improve, now she wants to help Broken Arrow.
Voters can find more information on Laura’s Facebook page.
My name is Joy Ololo, and I am running to become the next Democratic Councilmember At Large. I am married with three children, two girls and one boy. We have been Broken Arrow residents for 16 years. I have a master’s degree in Business Administration and had a career as a financial representative for over 10 years. However, in the past couple of years, I decided to start the process of changing careers after going through some health issues, and I am now a behavioral case manager with a counseling agency.
Early this year, I was approached by the Democratic party to consider running for Councilmember. After reviewing opportunity and the impact I can make in the community, I decided to go for it. One of my main focus is the opioid crisis; there is a lot the city can do to save lives through more outreach, counseling, and combining strong policing with treatment programs.
My name is William Vaughn. I have lived in Broken Arrow since 1978 and graduate high school here in 1992. I joined the Broken Arrow Fire Department in 1999 and served the public and citizens as a firefighter/ paramedic, helping many people and serving them as one of their own. I medically retired from the fire department in 2018. While at the fire department, I went to nursing school, finished my master’s degree, and became a nurse practitioner. I now work as a surgical orthopedic spine nurse practitioner.
I have 5 children that all grew up in BA and graduated.
My platform is public safety. I have worked it for over 17 years in this city, seeing and hearing the workers and citizens speak about things that could be made better. I want to make public safety better.