By JOHN M. WYLIE II
Matt Ballard will be the new district attorney in January for Rogers, Mayes and Craig counties after his only opponent announced Monday that he would drop out of the race.
Robert Post, the Democratic nominee, said he would withdraw as a candidate in the November General Election.
Ballard won the Republican nomination in a landslide in the three-candidate Republican primary in June.
Since Post was the only Democrat to file and no Independent filed for the office, Ballard will become the DA-elect as soon as Post files withdrawal papers with the Oklahoma State Election Board.
In an e-mail to the Leader Ballard said, “It is now time for me to get to work on behalf of the citizens of District 12 and I look forward to that opportunity.”
Post said, “Like many who live in our district, I was concerned by the dysfunction of several of the leaders and offices. I filed to give the people the choice of a different direction.”
Post said that since then, there has been a primary election and there appears to be broad support for the Republican candidate.
“Accordingly, I will not be actively pursuing the position of District Attorney and I will be withdrawing my candidacy,” he added.
Ballard said, “Words cannot express the gratitude I owe to my supporters for their faith in me. I’m humbled by the support I’ve received from so many people, from those who knew me as a kid growing up in Oologah to those I met knocking on doors during this campaign.
“This has been a hard fought election and it is now time to join together in the pursuit of justice for our citizens. I also want to thank Mr. Post for his willingness to step aside. I have great respect for Mr. Post and Judge Post and their long-standing commitment to public service in this district.”
Robert Post’s wife is Dynda Post, longtime District Judge in the 12th District, who retiring at the end of 2014. She will be succeeded by Associate District Judge Sheila Condren, who won her seat when no other candidate filed in that non-partisan election
Post said he plans to continue his injury law practice as he has for 24 years.
“I want to thank the people who have been supportive of me,” he said. “Lastly, I hope for better days ahead for our area and I wish everyone well.”