Chief Deputy Court Clerk Tim Rhodes of Oklahoma City has been elected to the office of Oklahoma County Court Clerk in Tuesday’s Republican primary run-off election, according to the Oklahoma State Election Board.
With all 257 precincts reporting, Rhodes bested his opponent, state Rep. Charles Key of Bethany, with 9,020 votes, or 59.6 percent, according to the election board. Key had 6,102 votes, or 40.4 percent of the total 15,122 vote count from absentee mail and Tuesday’s ballots.
“I’m very excited, pleased and humbled by the apparent decision of the voters,” Rhodes said. “All of my supporters worked extremely hard and the credit goes to them more than me.”
Rhodes said his campaign tried to emphasize the importance of the courts’ access to the people, by being fair and impartial.
“People come to the courts and expect a professional job,” Rhodes said. “Also, we think we’re good stewards of the people’s resources.”
Oklahoma County has the largest court of general jurisdiction in the state of Oklahoma. Thirty-five judges handle 125,000 new case filings each year. The court clerk administers $80 million a year in receipts even though the budget of the office has been reduced for three consecutive years, he said.
For 15 years Rhodes has worked to develop and implement all court clerk programs.
“I couldn’t be more excited for Tim,” said Ray Vaughn, Oklahoma County Commissioner. “He’s a wonderful guy. He knows that job inside and out. That’s what we want in Oklahoma County, he best people in those positions.”
Rhodes earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism degree at the University of Oklahoma where he went on to earn his juris doctorate. He is married and the father of two twin boys, age 16. He also served as a former special judge for the city of Oklahoma City.
No Democrats or Independent candidates filed for the office. Rhodes will take office during the first week of January, he said.
“I’m going to do the best job I possibly can,” Rhodes said.
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