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April 14, 2014

Races set; others win unopposed, as candidate filings move forward

McALESTER — Several Pittsburg County officials were set to face a primary election in June, while others were ready take office without opposition as a three-day filing period for candidates ended at 5 p.m. Friday.

 That’s according to preliminary results, since the period for candidates to contest a fellow candidate extends until 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the outcome of two candidacies already contested won’t be known until after hearings set for later this month.

In Pittsburg County, District 1 Commissioner Gene Rogers faces a challenge from former District 1 Commissioner Bill  Webber, with both Democrats filing for the office.

Rogers has challenged Webber’s candidacy. The Pittsburg County Election Board is set to decide the matter during a hearing set for  3 p.m. on April 22 at the Pittsburg  County Courthouse.

In the race for associate District judge in Pittsburg County, current Pittsburg County Special Judge Tim Mills has contested the candidacy of former Special Judge Bill Layden.

The matter is set to be decided by the State Election Board during a hearing set for 9:30 a.m. on April 24 at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City.

Also in Pittsburg County, District 3 County Commissioner Trent Myers drew opposition from both Democrat and Republican candidates.

Myers and fellow Democrat Ross Selman both filed  Wednesday for a four-year term in the District 3 post, followed by Republican challenger Miles Cathey.

That means Myers and Selman will face each other during the June 24 Primary Election, with the Democratic winner going on to face GOP candidate Cathey during the General Election on Nov. 4.

District 17 state Rep. Dr. Brian Renegar, D-McAlester, who is seeking re-election to a fifth two-year term in office,  drew two Republican challengers.

Micah Thompson, of Canadian, and Paul Marean, of Hartshorne, both filed as GOP candidates for the District 17 state House seat.

Thompson and Marean are currently set to face each other during the June 24 Primary Election, with the winner to face Renegar during the Nov. 4 General Election.

District 18 state Rep. Donnie Condit, D-McAlester, did not draw an opponent, so he set to automatically win a third two-year term in office.

District 15 state Rep. Ed Cannaday, D-Porum, whose district includes northern Pittsburg County, remained unoppsed in his re-election bid.

Meanwhile, three Democratic Pittsburg County incumbents and the current district attorney were on their way to winning new terms in office since no candidates filed against them.

County Clerk Hope Trammell won an unexpired term in that office, following her appointment to the post by the Pittsburg County commissioners in February. Trammell had been appointed to the post until the next election could be held to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of former County Clerk Linda Barker.

County Assessor Cathy Haynes drew no opponent for the second election in a row.

In addition, County Treasurer Donna Scrivner drew no opponent either, with the result that Trammel, Scrivner and Haynes are set to win new four-year terms in office.

Current Associate District Judge James Bland proved the only candidate to file for the District 18 district judge’s seat. Current District 18 District Judge Thomas Bartheld did not seek re-election and is set to step down when his current term is completed at the end of this year.

District 18 District Attorney Farley Ward drew no opponent for another four-year term in the DA’s office.

In the U.S. House filings, District 2 U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, has filed for re-election to a two-year term.

He faces challenges from fellow Republican Darrel Robertson, of Jay; Democratic candidate Earl E. Everett, of Fort Gibson, and Independent Jon Douthitt, of Claremore.

Mullin and Robertson are set to face each other during the  June 24 Primary Election, with the winner going on to face Everett and Douthitt in November.

In fillings for the U.S. Senate, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, faced eight challengers, including four from fellow Republicans, one from a Democrat, and three from Independents.

In addition to Inhofe, Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate seat are: W.D. Jean McBride Samuels, of Jenks; Erick Paul Wyatt, of Norman; Evelyn L. Rogers, of Tulsa, and Rob Moye, of Yukon.

Matt Silverstein, 33, of Bixby, filed as a Democratic candidate for the office.

Independent candidates for the U.S. Senate seat are Ray Woods, of Fairview; Arron Delozier, who had an address listed as Wichita Falls, Texas, and Joan Farr, of Broken Bow.

In the other U.S. Senate race, nine candidates filed for the unexpired term that will be left open when Dr. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, steps down before his term is finished.

Connie Johnson, of Oklahoma City, filed as a Democrat for the post.

Republican candidates for the seat held by Coburn are Jason Weger, Norman; Kevin Crow, Chickasha; Eric McCray, Tulsa; T.W. Shannon, Lawton; Randy Brogdon, Owasso: James Lankford, Edmond, and Andy Craig, Broken Arrow.

Mark Beard, Oklahoma City, is an Independent candidate for the Senate seat Coburn currently holds.

Any needed runoffs from the June 24 Primary are set for Aug. 26, with the winners from each party going on to face each other in the Nov. 4 General Election.

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