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Kunzweiler beats Jordan, will become next DA for Tulsa County
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Kunzweiler beats Jordan, will become next DA for Tulsa County

Kunzweiler beats Jordan, will become next DA for Tulsa County
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Steve Kunzweiler visits with supporters during his runoff election watch party, Aug. 26th, 2014

Kunzweiler beats Jordan, will become next DA for Tulsa County

No Democrat ran to be Tulsa County's next district attorney this election year, so Tuesday two Republicans faced off in a winner-take-all runoff.

Steve Kunzweiler, who has served the county as a prosecutor for the last 12 years - and has 24 years in the job total - won the race easily over challenger Fred Jordan, a state representative who had some legal experience as a judge advocate in the U. S. Marine Corps.

When Jordan conceded with a phone call just after 9:00 p.m.,  Kunzweiler had 56 percent of the vote to Jordan's 44 percent.

The race got contentious at times; Kunzweiler sued to block Jordan and State Senator Brian Crain, who dropped out before the June primary, from taking office.

Kunzweiler cited a state law that makes it illegal for a member of legislature to be elected to an office for which that legislature voted a raise.

Crain, who still managed to win enough votes in June to force Tuesday's runoff, had dropped from the race over the issue, but Jordan didn't think the law applied, sparking Kunzweiler's suit.

The state supreme court ruled in Jordan's favor, interpreting the term "elected" as being defined by when the person in question actually takes office, not when the election takes place.

Under that interpretation, Jordan was in the clear because he wouldn't have taken office until after his term in the legislature was over.

Though Kunzweiler lost in court, the court of public opinion didn't seem to be swayed by what Jordan termed a "political stunt."

Kunzweiler is currently chief prosecutor for the county, and will become the first new D.A. in Tulsa County in the last 16 years.

His boss, current D.A. Tim Harris, endorsed his campaign.

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