Republican Taylor Chooses a Democrat to Succeed Him
Oklahoma County Sheriff P.D. Taylor, a Republican, has endorsed Oklahoma City Police Officer Wayland Cubit, a Democrat, in the sheriff’s race.
Sheriff Taylor was defeated the Republican primary.
Officer Cubit will face Norman Police Officer Tommie Johnson, a Republican.
Both candidates are Black.
“As a law enforcement officer for over 50 years and current sheriff of Oklahoma County, I know that the leader of the sheriff’s office is no place for on-the-job training,” Sheriff Taylor said in a news release.
“Wayland has the experience to start on day one, Wayland Cubit is hands down the most qualified.”
Experience has been a main talking point in the race for sheriff.
Officer Cubit, 51, has spent more than two decades as a law enforcement officer in Oklahoma County, creating a successful mentoring program for at-risk youth.
Officer Johnson, 31, joined the Norman Police Department in 2015 and has been part of various budget and hiring committees.
Officer Cubit has repeatedly reminded voters he has more experience, while Johnson has said he has created “concrete plans” and knows how to surround himself with experienced individuals.
The Oklahoma City police officer said he was honored to have Sheriff Taylor’s endorsement.