TULSA, OK – The Tulsa Election Board on Thursday ruled that 3 of 13 candidates running for Tulsa County Sheriff are not eligible to run and their names will be removed from the special election ballot.
The board ruled that Arthur Jackson, Erich Richter and Henry Jones are not eligible to run.
The hearing was called after other candidates filed paperwork with the board contesting the eligibility of John Fitzpatrick, Arthur Jackson, Henry Jones and Erich Richter.
Republican candidate and Jenks Police Sergeant Jason Jackson had filed paperwork on Thursday last week contesting three of the candidates Fitzpatrick, Arthur Jackson, and Jones.
On Friday candidate Tom Helm filed paperwork contesting the fourth candidate Richter.
Election board ruled Fitzpatrick does meet qualifications and can run for sheriff.
The Board ruled Jackson did not meet qualifications due to not being properly certified and for changing his party registration to late.
Richter and Jones both did not show up to the hearing to defend themselves. The board stated they had served Richter notice of the hearing but was not able to serve Jones at the address on his paperwork, nor would he return calls.
The Election Board ruled Richter disqualified. Jones was not expected to show due to warrants out for his arrest.
Jones, 62, has not provided any information to FortySix News of his experience in law enforcement. Jones does however have a 2010 conviction for threatening an act of violence, telling a Tulsa County Courthouse clerk he would shoot her if he had a gun, court documents show. He also has two outstanding warrants from 2011 for failure to pay $650 tied to two misdemeanor criminal cases, according to records.
The Board waited till 11 a.m. for Jones to show then ruled his candidacy also removed from the ballot.
That leaves 10 remaining candidates left on the ballot running for Sheriff:
- John Fitzpatrick – Republican
- Tom Helm – Republican
- Brandon Hendrix – Republican
- Jason Jackson – Republican
- Dan Miller – Republican
- Randy Pierce – Republican
- Bill Reaves – Republican
- Vic Regalado – Republican
- Luke Sherman – Republican
- Rex Berry – Democrat
A special primary election is scheduled for March 1, 2016 with the special general election on April 5.
The candidates are running to replace longtime Sheriff Stanley Glanz who submitted his resignation effective Nov. 1, 2015, prompting the special election to fill the remainder of his term through Dec. 31, 2016.
Glanz resigned following a grand jury investigation in the wake of a deadly shooting involving Reserve Deputy Robert Bates. That grand jury investigation led to three misdemeanor indictments against the former sheriff.
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.
You can find more information about the candidates on FortySix News Tulsa County Sheriff’s Special Election Page.