Hotvedt campaign holds 2020 kickoff event

Pictured: Carly Hotvedt, Cherokee. Hotvedt is running for Oklahoma's State Senate District 35.(Photo: Carly Hotvedt for State Senate)

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Carly Hotvedt, Cherokee, is running for Oklahoma's State Senate District 35

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Carly Hotvedt for State Senate

Supporters of the Carly Hotvedt for State Senate campaign gathered tonight at Inner Circle Vodka Bar to kick off the 2020 election year. Attendees enjoyed cocktails, viewed the debut of Ms. Hotvedt’s first campaign video, and listened to a speech from the candidate about her plans to win the Democratic Party’s nomination for Senate District 35.

Ms. Hotvedt was introduced at the event by Andy Cagle and Jacob Harper, co-owners of Inner Circle. When asked why he chose to host Ms. Hotvedt’s campaign, Mr. Cagle stated, “Carly has the intelligence, education, and experience to make a good State Senator. I know Carly well and I have witnessed how passionate she is about making Oklahoma a better place for all of us.” 

In her speech, Ms. Hotvedt thanked her supporters, hosts, and family. She went on to speak about the issues facing the district and state, including education, healthcare, and environmental issues. Ms. Hotvedt, a Cherokee citizen, also highlighted the importance of partnerships between the State and Tribal governments. She sharply criticized Governor Stitt’s approach to the gaming compact issue, but emphasized that the need for cooperation goes far beyond casinos, stating, “Tribes in Oklahoma lead the way in economic growth, job creation, and the development of infrastructure and health care, particularly in rural Oklahoma. When they have a real partner in State government, everyone benefits.” 

State Senate District 35 runs from 121st St. to Admiral Pl. roughly between the Arkansas River and Harvard. The current officeholder, Republican Gary Stanislawski, is term limited. Both Democrats and Republicans expect to have competitive primaries and the general election is expected to be one of the most hotly contested in 2020.

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