With less than one month to go before the primary, GOP candidates for Tulsa County Sheriff will take part in a forum Monday sponsored by The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa.
The forum will feature Republican candidates running for Tulsa County Sheriff, who face off in a primary election March 1. The winner will advance to face Democrat Rex Berry in the general election April 5.
Tulsa Community College is a co-sponsor and host of the event and The Frontier is a media sponsor. The forum will be moderated by Frontier Editor in Chief Ziva Branstetter using the League of Women Voters’ Candidate Forum Guidelines.
The special election was called to fill the seat of former Sheriff Stanley Glanz, who resigned after he was indicted by a grand jury on two misdemeanor counts. Prosecutors allege he withheld an internal report about former Reserve Deputy Robert Bates and that he collected reimbursement for a car while also driving a county car.
The goal of the forum is to inform voters on each candidate’s stance on the issues facing the future sheriff.
Elizabeth Harris, board president of The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa, said the group “is excited to partner with both TCC and The Frontier to provide voters with the opportunity to learn more about the Republican primary candidates.”
“With the recent spotlight on the Tulsa County Sheriff’s office, voters are demanding more information on the candidates, which we hope to provide through this forum,” Harris said.
Greg Stone, provost of TCC’s metro campus, will be one of several people on a panel that selects questions for the candidates submitted by the audience.
“Part of the mission of Tulsa Community College is to better our community by emphasizing the importance of responsible citizenship,” Stone said. “As a co-sponsor of the forum, TCC will demonstrate its commitment to creating an informed public as we approach the special election. We look forward to welcoming the primary candidates and to hearing from them about how each would approach the work of this critical public service.”
The public is welcome to attend the forum, to be held Monday at the Thomas K. McKeon Center for Creativity at Tulsa Community College, 910 S. Boston Ave. It will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Read more about each candidate and find links to The Frontier’s past stories as well as candidate websites and Facebook pages.