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Bond issues, sales tax and court clerk race highlight Tuesday election in Oklahoma City metro area

Throughout the state, runoff elections will be decided from the June primary, including the winner-take-all runoff between Charles Key and Tim Rhodes for Oklahoma County court clerk.
BY MEGAN ROLLAND Published: August 26, 2012

Del City voters on Tuesday will consider renewing a 5-year-sales tax estimated to generate $18.5 million, while in Norman, a $42.6 million bond issue is on the ballot, and two well-known Oklahoma County candidates will face off for court clerk.

Throughout the state, almost every county has a local, state or national election on the ballot Aug. 28, including all of the runoff elections from the June primary, where candidates failed to get a majority of the vote.

In Oklahoma County, registered Republicans will get to select the new court clerk because no Democrat filed for the seat being vacated by the 15-year incumbent Patricia Presley.

Presley's chief deputy in the court clerk's office, Tim Rhodes, 55, received almost 40 percent of the vote in the June 26 primary but failed to get the required majority.

He will face Charles Key, a former state representative, who came in second in the primary with 36 percent of the vote.

The other two candidates were eliminated.

It's been a fairly expensive race for a county-level seat. Rhodes' most recent campaign report shows he raised $58,936 by mid-August and has spent $44,786, while Key reported raising $61,834 and spending $46,745.

The court clerk's office maintains court records and collects criminal fines and fees.

Key, 58, has been painted as a right-wing radical by the opposition, particularly for his comments that the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing in 1995 was a government conspiracy.

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