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Race for Tulsa County DA coming down to the wire
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Race for Tulsa County DA coming down to the wire

Race for Tulsa County DA coming down to the wire
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Race for Tulsa County DA coming down to the wire

The race to become Tulsa County's new district attorney is down to its last 25 days, and anyone planning to vote has to register by close of business Friday.

Two Republicans, Steve Kunzweiler and Fred Jordan, will square off August 26th in a runoff after neither achieved the 50 percent plus one vote threshold needed to put them over the top in the primary.

No Democrat filed for the office, which has been held by DA Tim Harris for the last 16 years.

Harris has made it clear he backs his chief prosecutor, Kunzweiler, as his replacement.

But challenger Fred Jordan has support within the legal community as well, and while Kunzweiler got more votes in the primary, he knows he's in a horserace.

He tells KRMG he hopes the voters see he has a lot more experience as a prosecutor - 24 years in all, 12 of them in Tulsa County.

"The focus really should be who's the most qualified person to be leading the Tulsa County DA's office over the next four years," he told KRMG.

But for a while, it seemed the decision might be made by the courts rather than the voters.

Kunzweiler had sued, saying Oklahoma law prevented Jordan from taking office as DA because he was in the legislature when it passed a bill that give district attorneys a raise.

Jordan argued, successfully, that since he wouldn't take office until after he was already out of the legislature, the law didn't apply to him.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in his favor, though Kunzweiler says by doing so they changed the meaning of the word "elected" under the law.

Now, it appears, one is not "elected" until one takes office, not when the votes are counted.

In any case, Jordan's campaign moves forward, and he says he believes voters are ready for change at the Tulsa County courthouse.

"Voters want a change in the district attorney's office. They want a new generation of leadership," he told KRMG. "They want a new vision, and I'm ready to provide that."

He says the court decision gives his campaign momentum as it moves in the final few weeks.

Polls will open August 26th at 7:00 a.m.

Early voters can cast their ballots August 21st, 22nd and 23rd at the Tulsa County Election Board, 555 N. Denver Ave., as well as at Hardesty Regional Library, 8316 E. 93rd St.

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