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Tulsa DA Candidate Urges Court to Decide Dispute

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  OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A candidate for district attorney in Tulsa County has asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to decide a challenge to his candidacy by his opponent.

Oral presentations were made Wednesday to a Supreme Court referee in the dispute between Tulsa County Assistant District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler and state Rep. Fred Jordan.

Kunzweiler filed a lawsuit last month challenging Jordan's candidacy. It alleges Jordan isn't eligible to serve because of a pay increase for district attorneys that was approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin. The state constitution prohibits lawmakers from serving in a position for which salaries have been increased during their term of office.

Jordan says his term ends in November, while the increase goes into effect in January.

A runoff is set Aug. 26