Rush Springs Town Clerk runs for re-election despite embezzlement charge

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RUSH SPRINGS, Okla. - Election day in Rush Springs only featured one race on the ballot, but it was a controversial one.

 Two people were vying for the position of town clerk/treasurer.

 “It’s not that I’m voting for anybody.  I’m really voting against the one candidate,” said one voter, who didn’t want to give his name.

 John Morrow, the incumbent, plead guilty to embezzling more than $12,000 from the city during his tenure as city clerk, which began in 2005.

 “This is a position of trust and I just don’t think that given past record that we can trust Mr. Morrow,” said the voter.

 Some people were shocked that Morrow would even run for re-election.

 “Yeah, that’s gutsy, I’ll give him that,” said Marvin Lepien.

 According to the pre-sentence investigation documents Morrow “did not withhold premiums owed to the City of Rush Springs for insurance coverage for his family in an effort to increase his salary each time.”

 It also states Morrow “paid himself an extra elected position paycheck” and “paid himself pay advances.”

 Also in the documents, Morrow talks about his decision to seek re-election.

 He said “I believe the people of Rush Springs know that I love this job and working for them for the past ten years and I hope that I can continue to regain their trust.”

 Many in town, still believed he was the right man for the job.

 “I know him and I back him,” said Angela Bewley.

 Another resident who didn’t want to give her name echoed the same sentiment.

“I voted for him because I like the kid.  I’ve known the kid since he was a little bitty thing.  And I know he made some mistakes, but there’s a bunch of people in this town’s made mistakes and they’ve walked free from them.”

 In the end, the voters ousted Morrow.

 But it was a close one; Morrow only lost by 7 votes in a race where less than 90 people voted.

 Morrow is set to be sentenced on the embezzlement charge April 16.

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