Oklahoma law calls for governor to appoint new DA after Hammer death

District attorney candidate David Hammer speaks during a forum Monday night in Shawnee.

Following the death Sunday of David Hammer, who recently won the district attorney race for Pottawatomie and Lincoln counties, Oklahoma state law appears to call for the governor to appoint a new top prosecutor for District 23.

While earning more than 58% of the vote, Hammer, 47, handily defeated embattled incumbent Allan Grubb and Tanya Roland, each fellow Republicans, in the June 28 election.

Five days later, Hammer’s family announced his death on social media. Sources told The Oklahoman that Hammer died from a heart attack.

Hammer pledged to make trust and transparency the hallmarks of his office, saying “citizens deserve to have complete confidence in how public monies are being managed and spent with no excuses.”

Hammer was slated to take office in January. With Grubb expected to serve out his term, a vacancy wouldn’t arise until the new year.

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