Dem. teacher elected to vacant state Senate seat

Posted at 10:27 AM, Jan 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-13 11:27:35-05

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A Democratic teacher has won a special election for an Oklahoma state Senate seat vacated by a lawmaker who pleaded guilty to embezzlement.

Unofficial results from the Oklahoma State Election Board show J.J. Dossett of Sperry took 56 percent of the vote Tuesday, defeating GOP businessman David McLain of Skiatook, who had 44 percent.

Dossett will fill the District 34 seat vacated last year by Republican Sen. Rick Brinkley, who pleaded guilty to embezzling money from the nonprofit agency where he worked. The seat represents parts of Tulsa and Rogers counties.

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Brinkley acknowledged in federal court in August that he stole $1.8 million from the Better Business Bureau in Tulsa. He pleaded guilty to wire fraud and subscribing to a false tax return.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled March 4.

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