Claremore Daily Progress

Inola

August 11, 2013

Oquin out as judge, enters DA’s race

CLAREMORE —

Judge Erin Oquin announced Friday her campaign for District Attorney after leaving her position as Rogers County Special District Judge.
“I had hoped to stay on the bench until closer to filing, but as word spread it became impossible to continue in my current position,” Oquin said. “Rumors had been circulating of my intention to run for District Attorney. A complaint was made by a potential opponent to the District Judges. As a result I am no longer a judge,  but I am a candidate for District 12 District Attorney in Rogers Mayes and Craig Counties.”
Oquin has served 10 years on the bench in District 12 in civil, criminal, juvenile and family courts.
Hearing cases involving everything from misdemeanor traffic tickets to cases in Drug Court, Oquin said, she has enjoyed serving the people of the district.
First approached to run for DA in 2009, Oquin declined.
However, when the opportunity was presented again, Oquin decided to proceed after many prayers and much consideration.
A life-long Republican, Oquin will be seeking a nomination from the Republican Party in the June 2014 Primary Election.
District Attorney Janice Steidley, who was elected in 2010 as a Democrat, changed her registration earlier this year to join the Republican Party, making her Oquin’s most likely primary opponent if she decides to seek re-election.
No other candidates have made a formal announcement at this time.
“I believe I was put on this earth to be a leader and help people and the DA’s office is a natural fit,” Oquin said.
Raised in the district, Oquin has strong roots in Rogers County. Her parents Gail and the late Max Oquin raised their family in Inola, where Oquin currently resides.
Coming from a family of educators, Oquin learned the value of education and pursued her law degree, graduating from Tulsa University in 1993, while working as an intern in the Rogers County District Attorney’s Office.

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