Tulsa artist becomes newest member of Oklahoma House

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An artist and Democratic political activist from Tulsa is the newest member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Unofficial results from Tuesday's special election show 52-year-old Regina Goodwin won a seven-way Democratic primary with nearly 35 percent of the vote for the vacant House District 73 seat in north Tulsa. Because no Republicans or independents filed, Goodwin will automatically take the seat left open when former state Rep. Kevin Matthews left to run for the state Senate.

In a separate race on Tuesday for the House District 85 seat in northwest Oklahoma City, public relations professional Chip Carter won a four-way Republican primary with 37 percent of the vote. Carter will face Democrat Cyndi Munson in a special election on Sept. 8 to replace the late David Dank.