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April 9, 2014

Candidates seek county, state and federal offices as filing period begins

McALESTER — All five incumbent Pittsburg County officeholders who are up for election were the first to file for office when the candidate filing period opened Wednesday —but two of them soon had challengers.

Pittsburg County Assessor Cathy Haynes became the first candidate to file for election, followed by Pittsburg County Clerk Hope Trammell.

Also filing for office shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday were District 1 Pittsburg County Commissioner Gene Rogers, County Treasurer Donna Scriver and District 3 Commissioner Trent Myers.

Minutes later, former District 1 Commissioner Bill Webber filed as a candidate for the District 1 seat held by Rogers.

Shortly after Webber filed for office this morning, Rogers returned to the county election board office and filed a formal protest against Webber’s candidacy. The issue will now have to be decided by the Pittsburg County Election Board.

 Also Wednesday morning, Ross Selman filed as a candidate for the District 3 county commissioner’s seat currently held by Myers.

Meanwhile, District 17 state Rep. Dr. Brian Renegar was the second candidate statewide to file for a state House post in Oklahoma City early Wednesday morning. Renegar is seeking re-election for a fifth two-year term in office.

Also, Micah Thompson, of Canadian, filed as a Republican candidate for the District 17 House seat held by Renegar.

District 18 state Rep. Donnie Condit, D-McAlester, filed his candidacy papers for re-election around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. Condit is seeking a third two-year term in office.

Also in Oklahoma City, District 18 District Attorney Farley Ward, D-McAlester, filed for a second four-year term as the district attorney for Pittsburg and Haskell counties.

James Bland, who is the current associate district judge in Pittsburg County, filed for the District 18 district judge’s position for Pittsburg and McIntosh counties. Current District 18 District Judge Thomas Bartheld has said he does not intend to file for re-election.

Bill Layden, of McAlester, filed for the position of associate district judge in Pittsburg County.

In Pittsburg County filings, Rogers is seeking a fifth four-year term in office in District 1, while Webber is seeking re-election to the county commissioner’s post he held from 1983 until 1998.

In the county assessor’s office, Haynes is seeking election to a second four-year term in office. She had been opposed when she filed for the office in 2010.

Scrivner is seeking election to a second four-year term as well. She had also been unopposed in 2010 when she ran for office the fist time.

In the county clerk’s office, Trammell had been appointed to the post in February to fill the office until the upcoming election could be held.

In Pittsburg County’s District 3, Myers won election to an unexpired term in the county commissioner’s office in November, 2013. However, the unexpired term was only until this year’s Primary Election.

Myers and Selman had been among eight Democratic candidates and two Republican candidates who ran for the office in 2013.

In the District 2 U.S. representative’s race, incumbent Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, filed for re-election Wednesday to a second two-year term in office.

He faces a challenge from fellow Republican Darrel Robertson, of Jay.

The filing period for all of the offices extends through 5 p.m. on Friday.

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