The race for Oklahoma County District Attorney added a fourth contestant yesterday with the addition of current Oklahoma County Commissioner Kevin Calvey.
Calvey, a long-time public servant and decorated Army veteran, has previously served 12 years in the State Legislature. After his service in the legislature he was elected to serve for the past 3 years as an Oklahoma County Commissioner. He was then appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to serve on the Oklahoma County Jail Trust, where he has served for the last 2 years.
Calvey, a Georgetown Law grad, began his service in the Army National Guard shortly after Operation Iraqi Freedom began when, at the age of 37, he applied for a commission in the U.S. Army Jag Corps. He then served with distinction for 8 years, practicing law in an active combat zone.
Calvey was awarded the Silver Star for his service in Iraq, where according to the award citation he, “personally prosecuted over 100 terrorists in the Iraqi court system in a tactical environment in the Red Zone, including numerous leaders of terrorist groups including Al-Qaeda in Iraq and Jaysh Al-Mahdi Special Groups.”
Then-Captain Calvey, “prosecuted several of Iraq’s most infamous terrorists, such as propaganda operative Bilal Hussein, the kidnappers of U.S. Army Specialist Al-Taie, the Baghdad Sniper, the South Karkh Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device cell, smugglers of weapons from Iran, numerous Al-Queada In Iraq Emirs and foreign fighters, and corrupt Iraqi police officials.”
Additionally, he, “participated in the prosecution of the Karkh-Rusafa bomber network…and obtained numerous death penalty convictions and long-term prison sentences against the terrorists he prosecuted.”
His service also included spearheading, “the development of a fast-track system to prepare detainees captured by Special Operations units for Iraqi Investigative Hearings in an expedited manner.” This was described by Iraqi judges as, “he most significant improvement in the quality of Multi-National Force-Iraq cases referred to Central Criminal Court-Iraq.”
Why He’s Running
In an interview with Ignite Liberty, Calvey stated, “I am running for District Attorney as a proven conservative to protect public safety, and to repair the damaged relationship between the DA’s office and law enforcement. My experience as an Army prosecutor in Iraq taught me how important it is for prosecutors to cooperate with those protecting our safety. Unlike our current DA leadership, I will support the police, not persecute them.”
He specifically emphasized a recent case where the current DA leadership filed felony charges against 5 OKC police officers for shooting an armed robber who appeared to be reaching for a weapon.
“That case, #CF-2021-975, is a wrongful and malicious prosecution of police officers who defended each other and the public from a violent thug,” said Calvey.
“My first day in office, I will dismiss those charges and other wrongful charges against law enforcement, and open an investigation as to how such bogus charges could have happened. The current DA’s hand-picked successor, Gayland Gieger, lacks the moral courage to stand up to his boss on this malicious prosecution of police officers.”
Calvey indicated he would discuss several other areas for reform at the DA’s office as his campaign progresses.
Calvey has already been endorsed by Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson, State House Speaker Charles McCall, former Air Force pilot Rep. Jay Steagall, Rep. Eric Roberts, County Commissioner Brian Maughan, County Assessor Larry Stein, retired OKC firefighter Ralph Crawford, and veterans advocate Major (Army, retired) Ed Pulido. Calvey currently serves as an Oklahoma County Commissioner. Calvey and his wife, Toni, live in Oklahoma City with their 7 children.
To learn more about Kevin Calvey’s vision for the future of Oklahoma County, visit his website at VoteCalvey.com or on Facebook @CalveyforDA
The Republican primary election is scheduled for June 28, 2022. The general election will be held November 8, 2022.
Ignite Liberty will be making an endorsement in the race once we have interviewed all of the candidates.