The House District 74 race will pit two familiar opponents when Rep. Mark Vancuren and Brad Peixotto face off in the June 30, 2020, GOP primary. (NonDoc) Support Journalism
While the House District 74 race playing out over the northeast Tulsa County district might seem like just another sleepy June 30 primary race pitting an incumbent against a challenger, there is actually some history between incumbent Rep. Marc Vancuren and his challenger, World of Weed dispensary owner Brad Peixotto.
The pair faced off in 2018, with Vancuren dominating the race and capturing 84 percent of the vote. But the 2018 campaign also included allegations of sign stealing. According to reports at the time, a commercial truck with Peixotto’s business name on the side of the vehicle was captured on camera removing some of Vancuren’s signs. Peixotto said he had no knowledge of the theft and apologized.
The winner of the primary will hold the seat, as no other challengers filed in the district this year. The following preview was compiled from publicly available information.
HD 74 at a glance
Incumbent: Rep. Mark Vancuren
Zip codes represented: 74019, 74021, 74055
Counties represented: Tulsa, Rogers
Cities/Townships represented: Limestone, Owasso, Tulsa, Valley Park
Republican candidates Rep. Marc Vancuren (R, incumbent) Rep. Mark Vancuren
Profession: Incumbent, former high school coach
Platform: Elected in 2018, Vancuren serves as vice chairman of the House Common Education Committee and is also a member of the Wildlife and Higher Education committees. On his website, the Owasso native describes himself as an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump and a fiscal conservative.
“Unless Mark Vancuren is coaching a game of basketball, he is a listener, not a big talker,” Vancuren’s website states.
He opposes abortion rights and believes states should operate with less interference from the federal government. Much