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Rhodes beats Key for Oklahoma County Court Clerk

In Oklahoma County's court clerk race, Tim Rhodes, 15-year chief deputy court clerk, won handily against nine-term state Rep. Charles Key. Del City voters approved sales tax extension by a large margin.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD zcampfield@opubco.com Modified: August 28, 2012 at 11:18 pm •  Published: August 28, 2012
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Rhodes, more restrained in his campaign, gently reminded voters that Key advocated a half-million grand jury inquiry into the Oklahoma City bombing on the backs of state taxpayers. After the bombing, Key said he thought the government had prior knowledge of the attack.

Rhodes said the clerk's position is an administrative one, and that his experience in the office was more important than Key's political experience. And in the end, he brought in more political endorsements.

“We've very, very pleased,” he said on Tuesday. “We worked hard, and we think the voters heard our message. Fairness and impartiality, doing a good competent job, being good stewards — I think those are all of our themes and I'm really please and gratified the voters of Oklahoma County heard that and responded.”

Del City OKs sales tax

Also in Oklahoma County, voters in Del City overwhelmingly approved a sales tax extension, 1,009-289.

The 1.5 cent tax will be used to fund a new library, a female veterans memorial project in Patriot Park, a sports complex, a public works administration building, a number of street repairs and new vehicles for the city's police and public works departments.

The sales tax previously had been used to construct the city's fire and police stations and City Hall. It was set to expire without voter approval.


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Del City voters extend sales tax

Also in Oklahoma County, voters in Del City overwhelmingly approved a sales tax extension, 1,009-289. The 1.5-cent tax will be used to fund a new library, a female veterans memorial project in Patriot Park, a sports complex, a public works administration building, a number of street repairs and new vehicles for the city's police and public works departments. The sales tax previously had been used to construct the city's fire and police stations and City Hall. Without the extension, it was set to expire.

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