TULSA, OK – The candidates running for Tulsa County Sheriff’s open seat shrank to seven on Monday when former Oologah Police Chief Jim Rice announced he was dropping out of the race.
Rice on Monday morning visited a doctor due to chest pain, and afterward decided to withdraw his candidacy because of long-term heart-health issues.
“I really wanted to try. I really, really, really wanted to do it, but it’s just not my time,” he said.
Longtime Sheriff Stanley Glanz submitted his resignation effective Nov. 1, prompting the special election to fill the remainder of his term through Dec. 31, 2016.
A special general election to fill the remainder of the sheriff’s unexpired term will take place April 5. A primary will be held March 1, with a candidate filing period from Dec. 7-9.
A separate election will determine who becomes sheriff for the next four-year term. That filing period will be April 13-15, with a primary set for June 28. If necessary, a runoff would be held Aug. 23. The general election is Nov. 8.
All the current candidates are Republicans.
Rice, whose platform focused on preventing deaths in the Tulsa Jail, said that of the remaining candidates he’d likely endorse former Tulsa County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Helm.
You can find more information about the candidates on FortySix News Tulsa County Sheriff’s Special Election Page.