Oklahoma residents vote on whether to recall city commissioner with white nationalist ties

Oklahoma residents will vote Tuesday to decide whether a city commissioner with white nationalist ties should be recalled.

The recall election in Enid, Okla., will decide whether Judd Blevins, a commissioner for Ward 1, will remain in office.

The Enid Social Justice Committee has accused Blevins of being “an open Nazi” who was “photographed numerous times” at the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally in 2017.

The committee said Blevins has been linked to a chat room that planned the march and other posts connected to a hate group, Identity Evropa, which has been considered the group that helped plan the deadly march.

“He’s been reported as not just being there, but organizing pro-nazi events in Charlottesville, and here in Oklahoma,” the committee’s website said.

The committee gained enough signatures to force a recall election. Voters will now decide whether to allow Blevins to keep his seat or elect someone else.

Blevins, an Iraq War veteran, was elected in February 2023 after the local paper ran a story about his white nationalist ties. In a community forum Tuesday, he acknowledged that he participated in the rally and has been connected to Identity Evropa, but he said he is now “opposed to all forms of racial hate and racial discrimination,” The Associated Press reported.

Patrick Anderson, a Republican who represented Enid in the state Senate, told the AP that he thinks Blevin’s connections to white nationalism do not “reflect the views of our community.” Anderson told the newswire that low voter turnout allowed hard-core Blevin supporters to help him secure the win.

MSNBC was in Enid on Tuesday to report on voter turnout for the recall election, and it said the opinion is “a mix,” with some people supporting Blevins and his work since taking office. The “prevailing evidence” showed voters didn’t know the extent to which Blevins was involved, noted MSNBC. The outlet also reported that many people voting in the recall election had never voted before or did not vote in the race that elected Blevins.

The Hill has reached out to Blevins for comment.

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