TULSA - Since no Democrat filed to run for District Attorney in Tulsa County, Republican voters will decide who takes office next year as the county's top lawman.
Steve Kunzweiler, currently chief criminal prosecutor under D.A. Tim Harris, faces off against challenger Fred Jordan, a State Representative who was a judge advocate during his service with the U. S. Marine Corps.
Jordan points to that experience, as well as his organizational skills, as his primary qualifications.
Kunzweiler has worked as a prosecutor for 24 years, including 12 years in Tulsa County.
His theme has been that Jordan would require "on the job training" to be D. A.
He also filed suit to block Jordan from taking office, because Jordan served in the legislature when a bill was passed that gave judges and district attorneys a raise.
While state law spells out that a lawmaker can't be a member of a legislature that passes a raise for a particular office and then take that office, the state Supreme Court ruled in Jordan's favor, because he wouldn't take office until after his legislative term is completed.
Kunzweiler still doesn't agree with that ruling, he tells KRMG, but he still expresses confidence that he can win.
Jordan, meanwhile, calls the lawsuit a "political stunt" and says voters now know he's eligible to hold office.
Voters will also decide eight bond issues in Broken Arrow and 11 in Sapulpa; Sapulpa voters will also decide two school bond issues.
Democrats will have to choose between U. S. Senate Candidates Connie Johnson and Jim Rogers; the winner will go on to face Republican James Lankford.
John Cox and Freda Deskin will face off for the Democrat nomination for State Superintendent.
Joy Hofmeister won the Republican nomination in June.