There are certain unwritten rules when campaigning for elected office. One of the most important rules is knowing whether you have ever been in trouble with the law. One state Senate candidate found that out, but didn't feel it was important to inform the voters.
Matt Jackson is a Republican candidate for Senate District 30, which encompasses northwest Oklahoma City, Bethany, Warr Acres and The Village. It is a GOP stronghold district. The current senator, Glenn Coffee, will be term limited out next year. Jackson's primary opponent is David Holt, chief of staff to Mayor Mick Cornett.
Before running for the post, Jackson decided to check out his past, according to a story in The Oklahoman. Would he find out if voters might have a reason to mark their ballot against him?
Jackson told the newspaper a misdemeanor charge was floating around concerning a bogus check he wrote in 1999. He claimed the incident happened when he switched banks in Waurika after changing jobs and cleared out the old bank account while a check for $43.15 was still outstanding.
"Apparently, I closed the account too early and a check cleared I didn't know about," Jackson told The Oke.
So Jackson did the noble thing, contacted the district attorney's office in Comanche County, pled guilty to the charge, paid a fine and received a six-month deferred sentence, which ended recently. Jackson told The Oke he hopes all is forgiven.
"I'd like to think the people of District 30 are more focused on the issues facing the state and not so much an oversight of a young guy fresh out of college," Jackson was quoted.
Ah yes, the old "fresh out of college" saying. Chicken-Fried News intern Bucky says that every now and then, usually when it involves concert tickets and an ATM machine. Or inflatable dolls.