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February 5, 2014

Oquin seeks District Attorney’s office

CLAREMORE — Erin Oquin announced today her campaign for District Attorney District 12 — Rogers, Mayes and Craig Counties.  A life-long Republican, Oquin will face opponents in a Republican primary this June.

Oquin served for a decade as a judge in District 12 for civil, criminal, juvenile and family courts.  She was first appointed in 2003 by the late Judge James Goodpaster and Judge Dynda Post.  

Oquin is a graduate of the University of Tulsa where she earned a Juris Doctorate while working as an intern in the District 12 DA’s office.  Oquin began her law practice in 1994 and then served as a public defender for two years prior to appointment as judge.

Oquin has strong roots in the district. Her parents Gail and the late Max Oquin raised their family in Inola, near where Oquin lives today.  Both parents were educators who actively mentored thousands of youth in classrooms and in sports over many decades.

Oquin said, “The District Attorney’s office represents you as your advocate when you fall victim to a crime - any crime.  The DA fights for justice for you and, by prosecuting criminals; we reduce crime.  We will be your advocate and provide quality legal representation to all county elected officials, to ensure that your rights as taxpayers are protected.

“I’m tired of habitual offenders.  These bad guys and girls disrespect the law and the rights, liberty and property of others.  They feel no regret when they lie, steal, and cheat-that is, when they have the motivation to get off their mother’s couch,” Oquin continued.  “Those who will should be rehabilitated - those who will-not should face the full force of the law.

Oquin is an active member of the; National Rifle Association, Texas Southwest Cattle Raisers Association, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association and the Inola Area Farmers and Ranchers Association.  She has received several honors during her career including being named as the CASA Attorney of the Year and the Business and Professional Women State Runner-Up.  Oquin enjoys working with young people and has been a 4-H Leader and coached little league basketball.

“Under my leadership, funds will be sought to resurrect the District #12 Drug Task Force,” Oquin said.  “This enables law enforcement to pursue the most insidious of modern evils.  Sexual predators must also be removed quickly and I will work with other law enforcement agencies to address those crimes.  Those who prey on others must be stopped.  Enforcement is the force to take back our counties by taking down the thugs, one thug at a time.

Oquin has taught seminars on Family Law and Reserve Law Enforcement in Oklahoma.  She is a member of First Baptist Church in Inola and graduated from Inola High School in 1986.

Oquin said, “I’m running to stop the nonsense that is going on between the DA’s Office, law enforcement and the public.  My positive relationships with law enforcement and citizens, together with my strong leadership and organizational skills will make this happen.  Our people deserve no less.”

Oquin said, “I’m running because I’m from here, I’m one of you, I’m vested here and I’m not going away.  It is time we take back our district and restore stability and faith in the criminal justice system.  It’s time we send a clear message to the thugs out there that their time is up and justice is coming.”

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