A Shawnee Senator who will lead the Senate next year if Democrats gain control praised voters in southeastern Oklahoma for their votes for Democratic candidate Jerry Ellis.
Sen. Charlie Laster, D-Shawnee, said voters of Senate District 5 in southeastern Oklahoma have spoken and will send Ellis, 61, of Valliant, to the Senate to replace Sen. Jeff Rabon, D-Hugo, who cannot run again because of term limits.
Ellis was running against Steve Young, Clayton, in the Democratic primary.
Laster has been picked by fellow Democrats to be the Senate President Pro Tempore, although Republicans think they will take control of the Senate. That would mean that Sen. Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City, would be the Senate President Pro Tempore.
– John Greiner