Candidate for Oklahoma Senate District 1 withdraws; incumbent wins new term

Sen. Charles Wyrick, D-Fairland, wins another term after candidate Michael Romero withdraws from the Senate District 1 race.
BY MEGAN ROLLAND mrolland@opubco.com Published: July 24, 2012
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Sen. Charles Wyrick, D-Fairland, won another four years in office after his only opponent in the November election withdrew his candidacy over the weekend after accepting a job offer.

Michael Romero, an attorney and certified public accountant, filed his withdrawal of candidacy with the state Election Board, instructing them not to put his name on the ballot for state Senate District 1.

“Not much will change for me,” Wyrick said. “I'll probably have a bigger smile on my face because you don't have to worry about putting up signs and things like that, but I still feel responsible for representing my district.”

Wyrick said redrawn district boundaries means he will be representing some new constituents but other than that, it will be business as usual.

Wyrick was first elected in 2004.

Jay Calan, the Republican chairman for Ottawa County, said he was certain with the newly drawn lines Romero would win the election.

Calan said Romero had a job offer he couldn't refuse in Oklahoma City and decided to quit the race.

“It's a disappointment for District 1 here, but we fully understand why Mike made the decision,” Calan said.

“His family comes first.”