Governor calls special election
Ponca City Now - August 11, 2015 8:59 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Gov. Mary Fallin has called a special election to replace Republican state Sen. Rick Brinkley, who has announced he will resign at the end of the year.
The Tulsa World reports (http://bit.ly/1ToVzri ) that Fallin on Monday scheduled a Nov. 10 primary election for Brinkley’s seat in north Tulsa County. A general election will be conducted on Jan. 12. The filing period for candidates is Aug. 31 through Sept. 2.
Brinkley, of Owasso, submitted a letter of resignation to Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman on Friday. The letter cited personal reasons and says the resignation takes effect on Dec. 31.
Brinkley is under investigation for embezzlement. A lawsuit filed by the Better Business Bureau in Tulsa alleges Brinkley embezzled more than $1 million to support a lavish lifestyle and gambling.