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Canadian County court clerk's race remains nasty

The race for the Canadian County court clerk's office, which has become one of the nastiest contests in the state, is winding down as next week's primary approaches.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: June 19, 2012 at 8:30 pm •  Published: June 20, 2012
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Edward Kremeier

Kremeier has accused his opponent of using her position as court clerk to make private documents involving his personal life available to the public, which he believes is a violation of state law. In a lawsuit filed in Oklahoma County, the challenger claims a counselor he and his ex-wife were seeing years ago falsely reported him to the state Department of Human Services for sexual abuse of a child.

Kremeier sued the counselor in Canadian County, but his lawyer had it moved to Oklahoma County, where it is still pending.

“I am completely innocent of those accusations,” he said. “Yet my opponent is doing everything she can to get that information out to the public.”

Kremeier said Ramsey, his ex-wife and others are doing everything they can to derail his political career before it even begins. He said they set up Twitter accounts and blogs urging county residents not to vote for him and they've sent false information to the media.

The challenger also has been the victim of vandals who defaced campaign signs and his personal vehicle. He said someone covered his car with fish guts and sprayed foam insulation into his tailpipe, causing $3,000 in damage.

Ramsey says any information she obtained about her opponent was done so legally.

She said she doubts her opponent could even do the job if he were elected.

“He has no knowledge of the inner workings of this court,” Ramsey said. “I've been here for 16 years. And there's a lot more than people think that goes on here ... we're an extension of the Supreme Court.”

Ramsey also questions her opponent's desire to have some of his personal court files, including his last divorce, sealed from public view. As a politician, she says, your life is an open book.

“You're fair game in politics,” Ramsey said. “Me, I have nothing to hide. But my opponent, as everyone can see, certainly does.”

by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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