Monday, April 25, 2016

Brooke McGowan Survives Eligibility Challenge From Senator Sharp

PictureBrooke McGowan
  Incumbent Ron Sharp of Shawnee drew 2 challengers in his bid to seek another term in the Oklahoma Senate.
  Sharp had secured the services of former legislator, Glenn Coffey, to argue his case that McGowan did not live in the house listed on her candidate filing.
  McGowan produced volumes of evidence that she had just closed on that home & was waiting for the plumbing issues to be addressed before she could reside.

McGowan leave the Capitol in triumph after a unanimous vote
  She further argued that she had lived and continues to reside in her district. She echoed the point of several other cases on the docket which stressed that intent is key to residency matters.
  While not a litigator, McGowan was very effective in her case and the lengthy proceedings even turned to an attempt to throw out her voter registration of years ago, because a county election board staffer took her application without a redundant box being checked. The judges concurred with State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax, that such an argument is essentially 'petty'.

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