August 18

Updated: State Candidates’ Views on Arts & Culture

Ahead of next week’s August 23rd Primary Runoff Elections, Oklahomans for the Arts surveyed State Senate and Oklahoma House candidates about their positions on a number of key arts and culture issues.

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The overwhelming majority of respondents either support or strongly support increased funding for the Oklahoma Arts Council

Making arts and culture integral to your concerns as a constituent can influence not only the election but candidate’s long-term thinking and decision making. 

August 23rd Runoff

The House District 16 Democratic runoff and the Senate District 25 Republican runoff each have candidates who responded to our arts and culture survey.

House District 16 – Democrat

Ronnie Kell: NO SURVEY

Anna Dearmore:

Oppose Neutral Support Strongly Support
Increased appropriations for the Oklahoma Arts Council X
An independent Oklahoma Arts Council X
Policies to strengthen arts education X

Senate District 25 – Republican

Lisa Kramer:

Oppose Neutral Support Strongly Support
Increased appropriations for the Oklahoma Arts Council X
An independent Oklahoma Arts Council X
Policies to strengthen arts education X

Joe Newhouse:

Oppose Neutral Support Strongly Support
Increased appropriations for the Oklahoma Arts Council X
An independent Oklahoma Arts Council X
Policies to strengthen arts education X

See the questions and trends here: 

Introduction to 2016 Candidate Survey

Read full candidate responses here*:

Candidate Full Responses

Don’t see your candidates’ responses? Ask them the questions yourself! Here’s an overview to find candidates for State Senate and Oklahoma House.

Or check out this 2015 Voting Record for Incumbent Candidates. [We didn’t put out 2016 because there weren’t appropriate votes to track.]

Not sure which State Senate and House districts you are in? Look up your state districts here.

Please be sure you VOTE if you have a runoff on August 23rd and in the general election on November 8, 2016!  Register to vote here.