Re-elect of Bass assured
Sen. Randy Bass has successfully challenged a Lawton Republican who signaled her intent to run for his Senate District 32 seat, meaning he will keep the seat without a race.
Bass, a Lawton Democrat, had challenged the candidacy of Catherine Kay Gray, 43, alleging she was ineligible to be a candidate for state Senate due to charges and/or convictions of embezzlement. Monday, the three-member State Election Board ruled there is evidence to support Bass' challenge, meaning Gray was removed as a candidate.
Bass said the election board ruled that Gray, who filed for office under C.K. Gray, had pled nolo contendere to two counts of identify theft and making false statements, making her ineligible to run for the Oklahoma State Senate.
State statute and the Oklahoma Constitution have provisions that disqualify candidates for state and/or local, county, judicial or school offices for misdemeanor counts involving embezzlement or felony convictions, and those who have entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to such charges. That information also must be noted on the declaration of candidacy that each candidate must file.