TULSA, OK – Sergeant Luke Sherman, Republican candidate for Tulsa County Sheriff, and Mike Ford, Chairman of the Tulsa County Republican Party jointly announced on Monday a resolution to the conflict caused by inaccurate rumors and misunderstandings about both the Sherman campaign and Chairman Ford. Both have retracted statements that were made during a public discourse last week.
“It became clear after comparing both sides of these issues that much of the misinformation circulated around the campaigns originated from unsubstantiated sources,” says Ford. “I am grateful for Mr. Sherman’s service to our community, forthrightness during our discussion, and his commitment to the progress of the Republican party. I have apologized for airing these issues in the public square without checking with him or his campaign first. I am confident after visiting with Mr. Sherman and looking at the facts that there is no reason to doubt his support for the Republican party.”
Oklahoma Chairwoman Pam Pollard helped both sides to come together to discuss their issues and was present at their meeting.
“One of the great things about the Republican Party is that it is built on the firm belief of individual liberty,” says Pollard. “We have always embraced the battlefield of ideas and sometimes that leads to conflict. In this case we let a breakdown in communication fuel an unfortunate discourse that was based on a misunderstanding. Initially, there was a missed opportunity for them to come together to work these issues out. Both Luke and Mike recognize that they could not afford to let this opportunity pass them by to put the party first and bring Tulsa Republicans together.”
Luke Sherman has been a registered Republican since 1992 and is glad to have this controversy behind him. He now focuses on winning the GOP nomination for Tulsa County Sheriff on June 28th.
“I appreciate Chairman Ford’s leadership and his zeal for the Republican party,” says Luke Sherman. We both agree these issues have come about because of misinformation with the purpose of driving Republicans apart. I regret taking my opinion to the public without contacting him directly. It means a lot to me that he would be willing to come together with me and work towards what is best for our party and our community. It is important for us to stand together after each primary to ensure that conservative principles lead our county forward.”
The special general election to serve out the term of Sheriff Stanley Glanz was held on April 5th. The primary election for Tulsa County Sheriff for the next four-year term will be held June 28th. You can find more information about the candidates on FortySix News 2016 Election Page.