Rev. Derrick Scobey, pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, is a candidate for the Oklahoma County clerk post, The Black Chronicle has learned.
He’s a Democrat.
Primary elections for the post will be on Tuesday, Feb. 14, and the winners of the Republican and Democratic primaries will face each other in the special general election scheduled for Tuesday, April 4.
Seeking his first political office, Rev. Scobey said he will bring transparency to the office if elected.
The office has been vacant since County Clerk David Hooten, a Republican, was forced to resign or face prosecution after allegations of sexual inappropriate conduct surfaced.
Rev. Scobey was recently named to the Oklahoma County Jail Trust.
A native of Oklahoma City, Mr. Scobey lived in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, area, and owned a wholesale automobile business in Collin County.
He was manager of another business in McKinney, Texas, that had more than 60 workers.
A Baptist minister for 25 years, Rev. Scobey was pastor of the First Baptist Church of McKinney, Texas, and has been pastor of Ebenezer Baptist since 2015.
Since then, Ebenezer Baptist has held free COVID-19 vaccination programs and sponsored food giveaway efforts.
Candidate Scobey said, if elected, he will “send an unambiguous message” that he will bring a spirit of “transparency” to the office.
“I will want everyone to know that I work for the county and I work for the people.”
“We need transparency,” the Democratic candidate said. “We need organization and we need community buy-in.
“For years, I have bridged communities, businesses, organizations….and all to create progress.
“I want to bring that to the Oklahoma County Clerk’s Office.”