Attorney Allan Grubb, who has filed as a Republican candidate for district attorney, vowed today to emphasize accountability and professionalism in office.

Attorney Allan Grubb, who has filed as a Republican candidate for district attorney, vowed today to emphasize accountability and professionalism in office.

“My years of experience in private practice have exposed me to all areas of the law, including federal court, allowing me to be objective and understand all points of view,” Grubb said. “I understand the importance of having an emphasis on accountability and responsibility in the district attorney’s office. We need leadership willing to answer to the voters and be held to the highest standard.”

Grubb is a candidate for DA District 23, which includes Lincoln and Pottawatomie Counties. Incumbent District Attorney Richard Smotherman is not running for re-election.

Grubb said he will be an advocate for criminal justice reform that ensures dangerous offenders are placed behind bars while nonviolent offenders are punished in a more cost-effective manner.

“I believe in rehabilitation when it comes to nonviolent offenders,” Grubb said. “By imposing stricter probation requirements, we can force those individuals to learn how to become productive members of society instead of becoming repeat offenders. In the long run, that will save taxpayer dollars and increase public safety.”

Grubb said his primary goal as district attorney will be prosecution that leads to a safer community. He believes in seeking the death penalty for murder cases when warranted, and he promises to be accessible to constituents and attorneys to resolve cases and limit costly trials.

Grubb, who is married with three daughters, received a Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Oklahoma. He graduated high school at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics.

Grubb has spent most of his life in Pottawatomie County. He has owned his own law firm for 14 years and manages rental properties. 

He is currently a district court judge for the Absentee Shawnee Tribe. Grubb has also served as an appointed special judge for the City of Maud and as an appointed special judge for the Kaw Nation. His professional experience includes past work for the office of the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector, where he was a systems analyst and developed an auditing program. 

“I understand the need for strong leadership that shows respect, impartiality, and fairness for all litigants and attorneys that interact with the district attorney’s office,” Grubb said. “Those are the values that will guide me.”

This is a submitted candidate announcement. Candidates for 2018 can submit announcements (no more than 500 words) by emailing them before May 28 to: kimberly.morava@news-star.com. Pictures can be included.