Seven filed for open Senate seat

Several candidates have filed for the special election to replace Sen. Rick Brinkley in Oklahoma Senate District 34.

Brinkley has pleaded guilty to federal mail fraud charges and is awaiting sentencing in November. Brinkley is being sued by his former employer, the Better Business Bureau, who accuses him of embezzling more than $1.8 million. Brinkley resigned from the Senate and Gov. Mary Fallin has called for a special election to replace him.

A special primary date is set for November 10 and the special general election will be January 12 – just weeks before the 2016 legislative session.

Whoever wins the seat, will serve the rest of Brinkley’s term (through 2018) and then be eligible for three more four-year terms in the Senate under the state’s term limits law.

The candidates are:

Republicans

Mark Williams, Owasso

Williams is a retired educator.

John Feary, Owasso

Feary is a government worker for the City of Owasso. He ran unsuccessfully against Tulsa County Assessor Ken Yazel in 2014.

Greg Douglass, Owasso

Douglass is a Tulsa police officer and owns a small security company.

David McClain, Skiatook

McClain previously ran for the Senate in 2010.

Chuck Daugherty of Collinsville

Democrats

J.J. Dossett, Sperry

Dossett is a social studies teacher who also coaches football and basketball at Owasso High School.

Lisa Franklin, Owasso

Franklin is working for the legalization of recreational marijuana.