(Oklahoma City) – The State Election Board has confirmed today what had been speculation up until now, and that is that Robert Murphy Jr. was planning to seek election to the State Senate District 21 Seat being vacated by Mike Morgan due to term limits. Murphy filed his declaration of candidacy with the State Election Board in Oklahoma City this afternoon (Tuesday).

A spokesman for Governor Brad Henry, Paul Sund, confirmed to KUSH that Murphy had submitted his resignation In order to seek office, Murphy had resign as Associate District Judge, a post he was re-elected to two years ago. Sources at the Payne County Courthouse also told KUSH that Murphy has stepped down.

Murphy, a Democrat, seeks to replace Morgan in the State Senate. Morgan has served 12 years and rose to the rank of Senate President during his 2nd term, and shared the title of Senate President with Republican Glen Coffee in the evenly split Senate.

Also filing for the seat is former OSU President James Halligan, who filed his paperwork on Monday. Halligan is a Republican.

The seat has traditionally been a Democratic stronghold, prior to Morgan, it was held for many years by Bernice Shedrick, who had defeated Murphy’s father in a Democratic Primary in the late 70’s.

The filing period for political races closes at 5:00 PM Wednesday.