Oklahoma Elections: Vietnamese native holds lead in Oklahoma County district judge race

Cindy Truong lead in early returns for Oklahoma County district judge race.
BY NOLAN CLAY Modified: July 28, 2010 at 1:06 am •  Published: July 28, 2010

Two prosecutors seeking to become Oklahoma County's next district judge beat out four other opponents Tuesday in a contest that turned bitter in the final days.

The two will be on the ballot in November. The winner likely will be assigned to handle divorce cases.

Assistant District Attorney Cindy Truong had 28,158 votes, more than 33 percent of the total. She will face another assistant district attorney, Pat Crawley, who had 15,962 votes.

Kent Eldridge, a judge on the workers' compensation court, had 14,382 votes. Tim Rhodes, an Oklahoma County deputy court clerk, had 11,628 votes. Attorney Carson Brooks had 8,508 votes and attorney Jackie Short had 5,666.

In her campaign, Truong, 34, noted she came from Vietnam at age 11 unable to speak a word of English but "learned fast."

In other races Tuesday, Oklahoma County District Judge Twyla Mason Gray won re-election over two opponents, attorney Paul Faulk and retired FBI agent Jim Worrell.

In McClain County, judicial candidate John Mantooth barely got enough votes to make the November ballot after his own daughter opposed him. On a Web site, Jan Schill said he was not a good father and would not be a good judge.


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