Oklahoma County court clerk candidates are whittled to four

Kelly Barlean confirms he has suspended his campaign. Four remaining Republican candidates will face off for the Oklahoma County court clerk seat in a June 26 primary.
Oklahoman Published: May 24, 2012
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Candidate leaves county race

One of five candidates for Oklahoma County court clerk has suspended his campaign.

Kelly Barlean, 50, said Wednesday that for personal reasons he has abandoned his pursuit of office. His campaign website was no longer accessible as of Tuesday.

Barlean worked as an attorney in Colorado before moving to Oklahoma with his wife and children in August.

Doug Sanderson, secretary of the Oklahoma County Election Board, said any candidate can suspend his campaign, but there is a deadline for an official race withdrawal. With the primary scheduled for June 26, that deadline has passed and the ballots have been printed, Sanderson said.

Barlean was one of five Republicans running to fill the vacant court clerk's seat.

Candidates who continue active campaigns are Tim Rhodes, Charles Key, Salome Vaughn and Nathan Schlinke. All are from Oklahoma City except Vaughn, who is from Edmond.

No Democrat filed for the seat and the race will be decided in the primary.

Zeke Campfield, Staff Writer