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State Senator Jonathan Nichols has announced his candidacy for District Judge. The judicial position covers Cleveland, McClain and Garvin Counties.
There are three elected District Judges and one elected Associate District Judge position located in Cleveland County. Nichols said he would be seeking election for the District Judge position that was recently appointed by Justice Edmondson.
In 2000, Nichols won the same three counties in his campaign for State Senate.
After being re-elected two more times, Nichols has decided to run for District Judge. “I am a conservative Oklahoman who understands the people’s conservative views and have a track record to prove it,” said Nichols. “I am now ready to take those same conservative values and apply them in the court system.”
Prior to being elected state senator, Nichols served in the Cleveland County District Attorney’s office where he prosecuted murder trials, kidnapping, rape, child abuse and white collar crimes. As an assistant district attorney, Nichols also served as the Project Director of the Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force, where he prosecuted over a thousand felony crimes and was named the Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year by the Association of Oklahoma Narcotic Enforcers.
In his first term of office, Nichols received the Outstanding Legislator of the Year from the Oklahoma Rifle Association, and in his second term of office received the National Crime Fighter Award for legislation on the use of DNA evidence to solve violent crimes that had gone “cold.”
The law authored by Nichols that allowed for harvesting of DNA from convicted felons has lead to several cold cases being reopened and criminals prosecuted for violent crimes.
Nichols continues to serve on the subcommittee for public safety and judiciary and received Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation’s Distinguished Service Award in 2005. Senator Nichols authored laws that increased the punishments for criminals who abuse children and in 2006 was inducted into the Child Advocacy Hall of Fame.
In 2008, Nichols wrote the law that makes domestic abuse a felony on first offense and received the Outstanding Legislator of the Year Award from the Oklahoma Trooper’s Association.
“It is time that the people take back their courts from the liberal judges who engage in judicial activism and won’t follow the law,” said Nichols. “I will follow the law.”
In 2004, Nichols wrote the law that prevents trial judges from giving repeat child molesters probation, and he received national attention when he authored the law that allows the death penalty for criminals who repeatedly target children.
District Judge races are non-partisan and the Code on Judicial Conduct prohibits a candidate from stating to what political party they belong.
“Because of the Code on Judicial Conduct, I am not allowed to state my party affiliation,” said Nichols. “And it is important that we follow these rules governing a judicial campaign. But the Code does allow me to state that I am a ‘strong conservative’ and my record proves it.”
Nichols’ wife Talitha is a pharmacist and both his daughters Jessica and Rachel attend school in Norman. “I am humbled to be part of a process that will allow the people to decide who will be their next district judge for Cleveland County,” said Nichols.