Johns wins GOP primary for District 25 seat


Ada Junior High Principal Ronny Johns won his primary race Tuesday night and will move on to the fall elections.

Johns defeated fellow Republican Shawn Howard in the GOP race for the District 25 seat in the Oklahoma House, according to unofficial results from the Oklahoma State Election Board. Johns finished with 53.16 percent of the vote, compared to 46.84 percent for Howard.

Johns said Wednesday that he was excited about capturing a slot on the November ballot.

“I’m honored and humbled and very proud to represent the Republican party in the November general election,” he said.

Johns said since he is an educator, his campaign to date has focused on the challenges facing Oklahoma public schools. He said his campaign will continue to concentrate on education and Johns’ commitment to serving the people who live in his district.

“Quite honestly, the other thing that I’ve really emphasized is the fact that I want to represent District 25,” he said. “Living here for 56 years — all my life — I’m relying on those relationships that I have built throughout those years so that I can communicate with District 25.

“I’m their representative, and I don’t have all the answers. So I’ll be relying on those relationships that I’ve built to help me make good, sound decisions at the Capitol for our district.”

An attempt to reach Howard through her campaign for comment before press time was unsuccessful.

Having won the primary, Johns will square off against Democratic challenger Daniel Manuel in November’s general election. Manuel did not draw an opponent in the Democratic primary.

Independent candidate Gary Rhynes of Ada, who is also seeking the District 25 seat, will be on the November ballot as well.

The winner of November’s matchup will replace outgoing Rep. Todd Thomsen, R-Ada, who is stepping down this year due to term limits.

Eric Swanson is the City Hall and general assignment reporter for The Ada News. He spent 15 years working at the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, before joining The Ada News’ staff in 2012.