Dan Arthrell

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Dan Arthrell
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Candidate for
Oklahoma House of Representatives District 71
Bachelor'sUniversity of Tulsa, Oklahoma (1978)
Master'sUniversity of Tulsa, Oklahoma (1996)
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Dan Arthrell was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 71 of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Arthrell was also a candidate in the February 14, 2012 special election for District 71. The special election was called to fill the vacancy created when Daniel Sullivan (R) resigned in order to take a position as CEO of the Grand River Dam Authority.[1]


Anthrell currently serves as Director of Intergovernmental Relations & Public Policy at the Community Service Council of Tulsa, Oklahoma, a position he has held since 1993. He previously held the following positions at the CSC:[2]

  • Senior Planner for Policy & Data Management, 1987-1992
  • Inter-governmental Liaison, 1985-1987
  • Project Director, Metropolitan Human Services Commission, 1981-1985
  • Coordinator, Tulsa Area Social Policy Development Group, 1980-1981
  • Project Manager, Community Development Block Grant Project, 1978-1981

Anthrell held the following positions at Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG), Tulsa, Oklahoma:[2]

  • Chief, Criminal Justice Division, 1976 - 1978
  • Criminal Justice Planner II, 1975 - 1976
  • Crime and Delinquency Prevention Planner I, 1973 - 1974
  • Criminal Justice Planning Analyst II, 1972 - 1973
  • Criminal Justice Planning Analyst I, 1971 - 1972

Anthrell was Executive Director of the New Day Pretrial Release Project from 1970-1971.[2]


  • University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Bachelor of Arts - Urban Studies & Criminal Justice, 1978
  • University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Master of Arts - Industrial Organizational Psychology, 1996[2]


  • Tulsa Board of Health, member
  • Area Council on Aging, member
  • Ok. Council on Juvenile Justice, member
  • Ok. Advisory Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, vice-chair[2]


Campaign themes


Anthrell stated the following regarding his political philosophy and campaign: "Government's role is to provide for the common good, such as providing a common education system so that all Oklahomans are well educated and skilled, and ready to contribute to Oklahoma's economy and future, Education and highways and bridges are the basis for a strong economy, and allows business to function. My priorities are excellence in education, healthy workforce, and infrastructure (roads, highways and bridges) development. While focusing on these three priorities I will to work across party lines to address critical problems in Oklahoma by increasing educational attainment, improving Oklahoma’s health ranking (now one of the worst ten), and bringing up to standard our highways and bridges."


2012 (General)

See also: Oklahoma House of Representatives elections, 2012

Arthrell ran in the 2012 election for Oklahoma House District 71. Arthrell ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 26 and was defeated by Katie Henke in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5][6]

Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 71, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKatie Henke 53.2% 7,364
     Democratic Dan Arthrell 46.8% 6,471
Total Votes 13,835

2012 (Special)

See also: State legislative special elections, 2012

Arthrell faced Katie Henke (R) in the special election on April 3, 2012. Both candidates won primaries on February 14, 2011. The race took place in the state's new legislative districts.[7]

Note: This election was invalidated. The initial count gave Arthrell a three-vote lead over Henke. After a recount on April 11, Henke took the lead by one vote and the local election board certified the results. However, after the recount, two more ballots were found under a machine--both cast for Arthrell. On April 17, the Oklahoma Supreme Court put a stay on state certification until the court could review the results. On April 30, the Supreme Court ruled the election invalid, saying that the winner could not be determined with "mathematical certainty" as required by Oklahoma law. Given the approaching general election, another special election was not scheduled to fill the seat.[8][9][10][11]

Campaign donors


As of August 23, 2012, Arthrell listed the following campaign donors:
Paul V. LoVoi, George Krumme, Tulsa Firefighters Association, Oklahoma City Firefighters, Burt Holmes, Joseph Dempsey, Oklahoma State AFL-CIO, Lawton Firefighters Association, Citzens for Justice, Dan and Kay Stone Buford, John and Sarah Graves, George Schnetzer, Lee Schoeffler, MD, Kathryn Taylor, Ruth Ann Tyler, Stephen Bruner, Judith Kishner, Sally Frasier, Suzanne Schreiber, Betty Swindle, Barbara Van Hanken, Maxine Zarrow[2]

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