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Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Election Guide

Vote for bond and sales tax proposals, Oklahoma County sheriff on Sept. 12

Residents of Oklahoma City and Oklahoma County have important elections set for Tuesday, Sept. 12. Oklahoma City residents will be able to vote on a general obligation bond issue and two sales tax proposals that will continue Oklahoma City’s momentum. Visit www.betterokc.com for more information.

OKLAHOMA COUNTY SHERIFF ELECTIONS

Oklahoma County residents will vote on the next Oklahoma County sheriff, a critical role in the criminal justice reform efforts currently taking place in the community. After primary elections, three candidates who filed for the position of Oklahoma County sheriff advanced to the general election. The Chamber surveyed Mike Hanson (D), P.D. Taylor (R) and Ed Grimes (I) on their priorities, their stance on the Oklahoma County jail and their familiarity with the Chamber’s criminal justice task force. All three candidates responded to the survey. See a summary of their answers below, or read their full responses.

 

Chamber

Hanson (D)

Taylor (R)

Grimes (I)

Are you familiar with the work of the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Reform Task Force?

YES

Yes

Yes

Yes

Do you support the implementation of the task force's recommendations?

YES

Maybe

Yes

Yes

Would you support the formation of an Oklahoma County Jail Trust (similar to operations in Tulsa)?

YES

NR

Maybe

Maybe

Would you support outsourcing management of the jail using an Oklahoma County Jail Trust?

YES

No

Maybe

Maybe

Would you support more formal cooperation with the Oklahoma city Police for patrol in the county's unincorporated areas?

YES

No

Yes

No

Mike Hanson (D)
Sergeant with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office

Background: Hanson has been with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s office since 1986. He is currently assigned to courthouse security.

In his own words: “The lawsuits from inmates and employees over terrible jail conditions and office conditions like black mold and other such things will be directly at the citizens. The cost will be much higher than any jail could or would cost.”

P.D. Taylor (R)
Undersheriff with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office

Background: Taylor started his law enforcement career in 1968, came to the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office in 1997 and has served as undersheriff for almost 14 years.

In his own words: “While many inmates could be better situated in facilities designed more toward their needs such as addiction counseling or mental health treatment, until those options are available in Oklahoma County, the sheriff’s office will remain committed to caring for those that are in our care.”

Ed Grimes (I)
Undersheriff for Canadian County Sheriff’s Office

Background: Grimes is a former member of the Oklahoma City Police Department with more than 40 years of law enforcement experience.

In his own words: “Due to the budget shortfall and the extensive need for repairs, the jail is a challenge. However, streamlining inmate intake and releases, addressing the large number of municipal admissions, reviewing mental health needs, implementing new procedures, and streamlining inmate access to counsel would potentially alleviate short term and long term challenges.”