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Oklahoma House seat contender drops bid

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: February 9, 2010
A contender for a state House seat in Norman has ended his campaign a day before he was to appear in court on a DUI charge.

Matt Hecox of Norman issued a statement Monday saying he no longer was seeking the House District 44 post because of "personal reasons.”

Hecox, 22, was arrested New Year’s Eve on a complaint of driving while under the influence of alcohol, records show. He was due to appear today on the misdemeanor count in a Cleveland County courtroom.

He failed to mention his misdemeanor arrest when he announced his candidacy two weeks after the incident. Hecox, a Democrat, said last month he made an "an out-of-character error in judgment by drinking and driving.”

Hecox was arrested about 2 a.m. Dec. 31 in Norman on a complaint of making an illegal right turn on a red light in his motor vehicle, according to a Norman Police Department report. He was charged with DUI after he refused to take the test to determine blood-alcohol concentration.

Another Democrat, Isaiah McCaslin, plans to seek the post.

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