In an unexpected turn of events, Oklahoma’s Republican Party chairman, Randy Brogdon, announced his resignation Wednesday. The move comes after recent speculation Brogdon would run for the District 34 Senate seat recently abandoned by embattled former Sen. Rick Brinkley.

Randy Brogdon
Randy Brogdon

In an email, Brogdon called for a special meeting to take place Sept. 12 in Tulsa with the purpose of electing a new chairman or chairwoman for the organization, according to a story on KGOU‘s website. GOP vice chairwoman Estela Hernandez intends to run for the newly vacant position, according to the same story.

Hernandez had been berated by Brogdon only months earlier in dramatic fashion.

Meanwhile, seven candidates have filed for the District 34 state senate position.

Republican candidates include:

  • Mark Williams, 67
  • John W. Feary, 38
  • Greg Douglass, 52
  • David McLain, 45
  • Chuck Daugherty, 68

Democratic candidates include:

  • J.J. Dossett, 31
  • Lisa Franklin, 44

The state Senate District 34 special primary election will take place Nov. 10.