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Southwest Oklahoma City attorney announces run for Shortey seat

SW OKC attorney Michael Brooks-Jimenez announces he's running for the soon-to-be vacant 44th District Senate seat that's expected to be vacated by Ralph Shortey later this week. (Michael Brooks-Jimenez campaign website)

An Oklahoma City attorney says he's running for the soon-to-be vacant 44th district Senate seat.

Michael Brooks-Jimenez announced in a statement Tuesday he's launching his campaign for the seat that's expected to be vacated by embattled Senator Ralph Shortey later this week.

“I’m proud to announce I’m running for State Senate District 44,” Brooks-Jimenez said. “Working families, senior citizens, and teachers in southwest Oklahoma City have gone without a voice at the capitol for far too long. It’s time for someone to step up and restore the trust of voters and bring integrity back to the office.”

“Paying our teachers a living wage, funding our schools, and creating high-paying jobs shouldn’t be partisan issues. Yet that often becomes the case, and working families are the ones who ultimately pay the price,” said Brooks-Jimenez.

The 44th District seat is still currently occupied by Sen. Shortey, who is expected to resign this week after he was allegedly caught with a 17-year-old boy at a metro motel. Shortey is now facing three felony child prostitution charges.

FOX 25's Phil Cross reported Monday that Shortey's resignation is expected to be in place by Wednesday.

Brooks-Jimenez is the first person to announce their candidacy for the seat.

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