After a long night, Tammy Townley won against Jason May in the District 48 Republican primary on Tuesday.
Townley finished the night with about 56 percent of the more than 3,000 votes cast in the Republican primary for House District 48. Townley’s opponents, Jason May and Fred Phelps, received about 33 percent and 9 percent of the votes, respectively.
“I am overwhelmed. I am obviously very humbled and honored that the District 48 people have decided that I’m the one who’s going to represent them on the Republican ticket.”
Townley said she’s been active in local politics for years, but this will be her first time holding office.
“I’m excited,” Townley said. “This is step one, and now we have step two: Another long road. Cheryl Key is an amazing woman and this is going to be a tough battle.”
Townley said this marks the first time two women will be running for the District 48 seat.
Her opponent, Jason May, gave a speech thanking his supporters and family at his watch party at Mill Street Garage once most precincts’ results were listed.  
May’s platform emphasized the need to hold state government accountable. During the campaign, he called for the state to be audited and for the creation of an online database that would track government spending in real time.
“Until we do that, we’re not going to be financially stable,” May said. “Not waiting for an audit, seeing what’s being spent when it’s spent.”
May said he’s unlikely to run again.
“I’m just going to get back to running my practice full time,” May said. “I wasn’t going to quit what I did, even if I was elected. I might consider running in the future, but I don’t have my sights set on any particular election.”
Townley said Oklahoma’s infrastructure, particularly roads and bridges, are a pressing issue the state is facing, alongside continuing angst about the state of Oklahoma schools and teacher pay.
“One of the most pressing issues is to make sure our education stays at a decent level, so our teachers aren’t having to spend any money out of their own pocket,” Townley said. “We want to make sure that eventually we get more funding into the classroom.”