Spe­cial elec­tion to fill Mar­latt’s state Se­nate seat

The Oklahoman - - FRONT PAGE - BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer rel­lis@oklahoman.com

Gov. Mary Fallin has called a spe­cial elec­tion to fill the va­cancy cre­ated by Tues­day’s res­ig­na­tion of Wood­ward state Sen. Bryce Mar­latt, who stepped down from of­fice six days af­ter be­ing charged with sex­ual bat­tery fol­low­ing an Uber driver’s com­plaint.

The spe­cial pri­mary elec­tion is sched­uled for Dec. 12 and the spe­cial gen­eral elec­tion is set for Feb. 13, 2018.

The fil­ing pe­riod for the spe­cial elec­tion is Oct. 2, 3 and 4.

If no spe­cial pri­mary elec­tion is nec­es­sary, the spe­cial gen­eral elec­tion will be Dec. 12.

Mar­latt’s District 27 state Se­nate seat cov­ers Beaver, Cimarron, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Ma­jor, Texas, Woods and Wood­ward coun­ties.

Mar­latt, a 40-year-old Repub­li­can, is ac­cused of force­fully grab­bing a fe­male Uber driver and kiss­ing her on the neck while she was driv­ing. He also is ac­cused of mak­ing sex­ual ad­vances to­ward the driver while be­ing trans­ported by her on the night of June 26 in Ok­la­homa City.

Mar­latt was first elected to the state Se­nate in 2008.

Bryce Mar­latt

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