Newcomer Jose Cruz cruises to victory in House District 89
Political newcomer Jose Cruz easily won his election bid for House District 89 tonight, defeating two challengers.
Cruz faced off against Chris Bryant and Christian Zapata in the Tuesday Democratic primary to represent the district in south Oklahoma City. Cruz won 699 votes, or 74.36% of the vote. Bryant tallied with 123 votes, or 13.09%, and Zapata won 118 votes, or 12.55%.
The seat was left vacant after Democrat Shane Stone resigned from the Legislature in late 2019.
Cruz said he is excited to provide his district with the representation it deserves.
“I’m really excited and honored to get a chance to do this,” he said. “I’m a naturalized citizen, and so for someone to be able to do something like this, first-generation — hard work goes a long way. … We worked hard in this district. The people of south Oklahoma City are ready to have representation that looks like them. I’m really excited to get to play that part and hopefully start a new era for south Oklahoma City and the Legislature in general.”
Cruz said he hopes to work on issues related to education, crime, and infrastructure in the Legislature.
“There’s a lot of work to do down here,” he said. “Obviously, public education is a top priority for me. Being the benefactor of a good education, I realize how far it can take you, and so I want to make sure that kids in south Oklahoma City have the absolute best opportunities as any kid in the rest of Oklahoma City or the State of Oklahoma.”
Cruz also said that protecting the state’s Medicaid expansion question, which passed by narrow margins Tuesday night, will also be one of his top priorities.
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