Buchanan withdraws from race

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com

Pawnee attorney Bob Buchanan, an independent candidate for the District 10 district attorney post, has withdrawn his candidacy.

A list of withdrawn candidacies, posted and maintained online by the Oklahoma State Election Board, showed Buchanan had withdrawn on Aug. 29.

“It was a tough decision. I gave it a lot of thought,” Buchanan said, explaining he weighed a lot of factors. “Now, Mike Fisher can go ahead and focus on the job he’s facing without thinking about campaigning.”

Buchanan said he had spoken a short time earlier with Fisher who will no longer have a general election opponent in November.

“We had a pretty good conversation,” Buchanan said.

Fisher, who won the Republican primary for District 10 district attorney, said he had talked to Buchanan, and expressed thanks to Buchanan for his willingness to consider serving as district attorney.

“I appreciated his willingness to run,” Fisher said. “It’s a difficult office and running for public office is a difficult thing to do.”

Fisher said Buchanan’s decision will, indeed, help him focus on preparing for the job.

“It’s definitely going to help in that regard,” Fisher said. He defeated incumbent district attorney Rex Duncan in the primary.

Fisher also said last Wednesday that he had not received any update from anyone about a campaign sign controversy that erupted right after the Republican primary for D.A.; a conflict between Fisher’s campaign and a GOP activist who supported Duncan spilled over into a matter for law enforcement to review.

“I don’t know where that stands,” Fisher said.

Osage County Sheriff Eddie Virden said last Wednesday that the matter had been referred to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, but he had received no update on it.

“I haven’t heard anything,” Virden said.