Broken Arrow City Councilwoman to run for state Senate seat


By John Dobberstein, Editor

Not long after being re-elected to a second term on the Broken Arrow City Council, Christi Gillespie has her sights set on bigger things.

In a Facebook post Monday night, Gillespie, a Republican, said she’s running for State Senate District 33, which is currently held by Nathan Dahm, who will be term limited after this year.

With recent redistricting changes that took effect last year, District 33 is mostly in Broken Arrow. There will likely be a bevy of potential suitors for the seat. The primary for District 33 is in June 2024.

Gillespie said she will be releasing more about her campaign soon but told the Sentinel she’s had a calling to be a public servant since she was a child. Gillespie

“As I’ve grown and developed as a City Councilor, there have been things I wanted to accomplish but realized they were legislative issues,” Gillespie said.

“Once I knew I had been redistricted, I gave it a few months of prayer before acknowledging I could make those changes at the state level myself. I’m excited at the prospect of bringing my passion for our great city and surrounding area to the forefront in Oklahoma City.”

Dahm, a software developer and a conservative stalwart at the State Capitol, was elected to the Senate in 2012. Dahm has unsuccessfully run for federal office three times since 2010, but was recently elected as the state chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party.

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