The Norman Transcript

May 24, 2013

New faces on the bench


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Cleveland County is one step closer to getting another district judge. House members overwhelmingly approved the legislation moving a vacant seat from Seminole County in eastern Oklahoma to Cleveland County.

The state Senate had earlier approved the measure. It’s now waiting the governor’s signature, but we think that’s a given since she anticipated the legislation last year and didn’t fill the vacant Seminole County position.

We applaud our legislators for finally getting this through the system. There were political hiccups and some positions taken that didn’t make sense but, in the end, the citizens of Cleveland County will benefit from the position.

Sen. Anthony Sykes, who many fellow lawmakers pointed to as blocking the position in previous sessions, has said he wanted the position to be first elected and not appointed.

That means a Cleveland County resident will fill the position and not someone from another county that the governor wants to appoint. That never seemed to be a major issue to us.

We look forward to candidates making it known that they will seek the position. That will mean Cleveland County will have two new District Judges. Longtime judge Tom Lucas has announced his summer retirement plans.