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April 7, 2014

Candidate filings begin Wednesday for county, state and federal offices

McALESTER — Filing begins Wednesday for a slate of county, state and federal offices in Pittsburg County as well as across Oklahoma.

The filing period extends from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Wednesday through Friday. Candidates for county offices file at the Pittsburg County Election Board office, while candidates for state and federal posts file at the State Election Board Office in Oklahoma City.

Pittsburg County offices up for election, followed by the incumbents currently in office are:

• Pittsburg County assessor, Cathy Haynes

• Pittsburg County treasurer, Donna Scrivner

• Pittsburg County District 1 commissioner, Gene Rogers

• Pittsburg County District 3 commissioner, Trent Myers

• Pittsburg County clerk, unexpired term, Hope Trammell

Pittsburg County Election Board Secretary Cathy Thornton said there’s a $200 filing fee to file as a candidate for county offices.

Three state offices associated with the Pittsburg County Courthouse are also up for election, although they are state, not county offices.

The District 18 district attorney’s post, currently held by Farley Ward, is up for election and opens for candidate filing on Wednesday.

Also, the District 18 district judge’s seat, currently held by Thomas Bartheld, is open for candidate filing. Bartheld has said he intends to complete his current term, which ends January 2015, but is not seeking re-election.

In addition, The district 18 associate district judge’s post currently held by James Bland is up for election.

Three states representatives’ posts that include Pittsburg County are up for election. Offices open for filing, followed by the incumbents are:

• District 17 state rep., Dr. Brian Renegar, D-McAlester

• District 18 state rep., Donnie Condit, D-McAlester

• District 15 state rep., Ed Cannaday. D-Porum. A section of northern Pittsburg County is in District 15.

Both Oklahoma U.S. Senate seats are up for election. U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, is seeking another six-year term in office.

The U.S. Senate seat currently held by Dr. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, will also be open for an unexpired term, since Coburn is stepping down from his Senate seat before his term ends.

Statewide offices up for election include the posts of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, state auditor and inspector, state treasurer, superintendent of public instruction, labor commissioner, insurance commissioner, and a seat on the corporation commission.

The site where candidates for state office will file is outside room 230 in the north hall of the second floor of the state Capitol, according to the state Election Board.

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