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Oklahoma County sheriff accuses local Sooner Tea Party of racism, libel for newsletter article that questions intent of prominent donor, reserve deputy

Sheriff John Whetsel stands by the selection of an Edmond dentist as reserve deputy despite Sooner Tea Party charges that the sheriff is harboring a potential terrorist.

BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD Published: October 7, 2012
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Oklahoma County sheriff’s race

John Whetsel (incumbent)

Party: Democratic

Age: 63

Residence: Choctaw

Profession: Oklahoma County sheriff since 1997

Family: Wife, Mitzi; two daughters and three grandchildren

Church: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Edmond

Endorsements: Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office Fraternal Order of Police; Oklahoma City Firefighters Fraternal Order of Police; Oklahoma Retired Firefighters Association; Retired Police Officers Association of Oklahoma; Six of seven remaining elected county officers, including District Attorney David Prater; former District Attorneys Wes Lane, Andy Coats and James Harrod; former Governors Brad Henry and Frank Keating.

Darrel Sorrels

Party: Republican

Age: 58

Residence: Midwest City

Profession: U.S. Marshals Service, contract security officer

Family: Wife, Lynn; five children, 10 grandchildren

Church: First Southern Baptist Church, Del City

Endorsements: United States Court Security Officers Union; Choctaw Fraternal Order of Police

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