After weeks of controversy, the Leader now has what appears to be conclusive evidence that Mat Shockley is a resident and registered voter of the Town of Oologah.
His eligibility to run for a seat on the Oologah Town Board had been questioned based on whether his residence at 300 Lake Avenue, also known as Lot 8, Block 2 of Brunson 3 addition, was in the town limits.
The election is Tuesday, with in-person, absentee voting held Friday and Monday at the Rogers County Election Board.
Shockley faces incumbent Jan Miller for the Ward 4 Trustee seat, but all registered voters in the town limits are eligible to vote.
Oklahoma State Law (21 OS 21-112) says that in cases of annexation or deannexation of land into a town “the record in the office of the county clerk shall be conclusive evidence” of the land’s status.
A plat filed with the Rogers County Clerk’s Office on April 10, 1979 shows the property as being located within the city limits.
(Click here to download the plat: Brunson III)
A Town of Oologah ordinance (No. 2009-02) filed with the Rogers County Clerk’s Office shows that the property, along with 14 other lots in Brunson 3, was annexed into the town limits in 2009. It was approved by the Town Board on July 7, 2009, signed by Mayor Jerry Holland and filed with the Rogers County Clerk July 14, 2009.
(Click here to download the ordinance: Annexation)
According to records in the Rogers County Assessor’s office, Shockley had bought the property years earlier, and started paying property taxes on it in tax year 2003.
County Clerk Robin Anderson and a deputy who has worked in the clerk’s office for nine years, Pam Blackburn, reviewed those documents and other paper and computer records Wednesday at the Leader’s request.
They said they could locate no other documents to supersede those records.
Shockley, who had not been actively campaigning, said he would immediately begin door-to-door visits with town residents, distributing literature and taking other steps to ensure that all eligible voters know that he is an active candidate and is qualified to serve if elected.
The Leader hereby retracts any portion of an editorial published in the edition dated March 28, 2013 which reflects any position contrary to the statements made in this post.
The Leader reaffirms its statements that the town, working with the Rogers County Clerk and Assessor, must make certain that accurate and complete records of the town’s corporate limits are on file at both town hall and the county clerk’s office. It also must make certain that those records agree.