Claremore Daily Progress

Inola

August 11, 2013

Oquin out as judge, enters DA’s race

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CLAREMORE —

Beginning her career in private practice in 1994, Oquin said she quickly developed a heart for public service.
Judge James Goodpaster and Judge Dynda Post appointed Oquin to the judgeship in 2003, after she served two years as a public defender. Oquin has also received several honors during her career, including being named as the CASA Attorney of the Year and Business  and Professional Women State Runner-Up.
Oquin is focused on making the office of District Attorney work for the people. 
“We need to return to the basics,” Oquin said. “A DA should balance the protection of the public with the prosecution of the accused.”
In an effort to improve the office, Oquin said there are several key issues she plans to address.
The relationships with law enforcement and victims are critical, according to Oquin.
Additionally, the DA’s role in county government has a significant impact of the growth, success and quality of life in our community, according to Oquin.
 “Law enforcement does not work for the DA’s office. The office is designed to work with those agencies for the benefit of the public,” Oquin said. “If elected I will work on re-establishing good working relationships with all agencies, including Sheriff’s departments, state and local agencies, local police departments, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Cherokee Marshals.”
Victims deserve respect and compassion, as a victim of a crime I understand the process can be overwhelming, Oquin said.
“If elected I will dedicate the appropriate resources to guarantee victim’s rights are protected, insuring they are an active participant in the process,” Oquin said. 
The role of the DA is not only about prosecuting crimes, it encompasses the representation of elected officials of the county, according to Oquin.
“I will dedicate resources to provide effective representation and guidance for those offices,” Oquin said. “As a property owner, I understand the concerns of the taxpayer and the potential ramifications that exist due to the actions of our county government.”

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