Historic wins for political newcomers

TULSA - Tuesday was a historic night for a couple of new faces to local and state politics.

At 25, Arianna Moore will become the youngest city councilor in Tulsa history.

Moore replaces Councilor Tom Mansur in District 7, who decided not to run for re-election even though his name still appeared on the ballot.

"I think age doesn't really matter. I think I have enough passion for Tulsa and I just want to see good things happen," Moore said. "I don't think it matters how young or old you are."

Moore grew up in Bixby and graduated from Tulsa University in 2009 with a degree in communications.

Moore wants to use her new position to encourage young people to stay in Tulsa, like she and her husband did.

"I saw a lot of people who went to TU who didn't want to stay in Tulsa, and that bothered me. I love Tulsa and I want people to stay," said Moore.

One person who will spend a lot of time outside of Tulsa, at least during the legislative session, is incoming Republican state representative Katie Henke.

Henke defeated Democrat Dan Arthrell in District 71.

Their first contest, earlier this year, ended up with Arthrell winning by three votes.

A recount left Henke ahead by one vote.

The matter eventually ended up before the Oklahoma Supreme Court, which tossed out the results and ordered a new election.

"I think that this race took everybody by surprise. I don't think anybody expected the year it's been," said Henke.

A school teacher, Henke plans to make education the central focus of her legislative priorities.

"I'm just looking forward to getting down to the capitol and start working for House District 71," said Henke. "We've gone a long time without having representation. So, I know voters and citizens are excited to have their voice heard."

Henke will be sworn in later this month.

Moore will take her seat on the city council in December.

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