Michael Ross, candidate for Oklahoma House of Representatives District 68

Michael Ross Announces Campaign for District 68

Michael Ross is returning to the campaign trail. He will seek the office of State Representative for Oklahoma’s 68th District.

“Today is the start of something incredible, but it’s just the start,” Ross said in his announcement on Monday. “I am excited to enter this race and fight for our families, friends, and neighbors.”

Ross’s announcement emphasized his commitment to service. A career teacher, he is in his 16th year in Oklahoma’s public schools. His wife, Lindsay, is a former public school counselor, and his daughter, Claire, is presently a student in Jenks Public Schools.

“I’ve devoted my life to serving the people of Oklahoma, and I’ve spent it on the front lines,” Ross said. “Our schools are where the issues facing all Oklahomans, from healthcare to job prospects to criminal justice reform, come together, and it’s given me insight and focus that our current representation sorely lacks.”

Indicating that he intends to be a force for positive change in Oklahoma, Ross said he intends to use the race to address the state’s continued education crisis. Health care, economic growth, and criminal justice reform are also among Ross’s top priorities, he said, citing recent data on the matters as well as concerns from residents of House District 68.

“Working for the people of Oklahoma has long been a passion of mine,” Ross said, “and our friends and neighbors deserve a legislator who is in touch with their lives and will fight to improve their quality of life above all else.”

Ross previously sought the seat in 2018. He shocked the political world by running a grassroots campaign that outperformed expectations. In a field that began with nine candidates, he emerged as the Democratic nominee and earned thousands of votes in the November 2018 general election.

 

Michael Ross, Oklahoma, House District 68, State House, Tulsa, Jenks, West Tulsa, Candidate, Lonnie Sims

Michael Ross Stands Out As Most Qualified Candidate in 8/25 Forum (VIDEO)

In a candidate forum held last Thursday, Michael Ross stood out as the only candidate to offer a clear vision and leadership to address the challenges facing Oklahoma.

Ross, a public school teacher in his 15th year and father of a student in Jenks Public Schools, squared off against Heather Chenoweth, J. Lee Miller, and Lonnie Sims in a forum sponsored by the Bixby and Jenks PLACs, a grassroots parent advocacy group. It was the only forum of the general election and the first time all four candidates had been present since a similar forum in the spring. Chenoweth, Miller, and Ross previously met up in a town hall hosted by TCTA at Webster High School held during the primary season, to which Sims was invited but elected to not attend.

On topics ranging from the budget crisis to infrastructure to mental health services for students, Ross presented clear proposals with supporting data and evidence, while other candidates relied on vague statements, showing himself to be the candidate most well-prepared to handle the challenges of the legislature.

Video provided by the Bixby/Jenks PLAC.

Michael Ross, candidate for Oklahoma House of Representatives District 68

Michael Ross Wins Runoff, Moves to November Ballot

In a come-from-behind victory on August 28th, Michael Ross won the Democratic runoff election to become the party’s nominee for House of Representatives, District 68.

Ross’s victory came after a nail-biting primary which resulted in a deficit for Ross. Hard work and grit turned the tide over the past two months, as Tuesday night’s final count found him at 54.76% of the vote to Angela Statum’s 45.24%.

Previously, Ross had compared the experience to the Rocky movies of the 1970s and 80s. “Rocky loses in the first one, but comes back in the second,” he said. “The runoff is my Rocky II.”

In releases Tuesday night, both candidates expressed appreciation for their supporters and for each other. The race was notable in the Tulsa area for being a “teacher vs. teacher” runoff, as both Ross and Statum are public school teachers in the area. Both candidates are avowed supporters of Oklahoma’s public schools, and look to November as a chance to reaffirm the state’s commitment to restoring education as a real priority in the halls of the Capitol.

“Angela and I marched together, we ran together, and now we stand together, united, and ready to fight for kids and families across our district and our state,” Ross said. “I’m proud to have her support.”

Ross will next appear on the November 6th general election ballot, facing three other candidates.