Trent Myers

Trent Myers

Republican candidate Trent Myers filed Wednesday for a recount of the District 3 Pittsburg County commissioner's race.

The recount is set for 1 p.m. on Nov. 15 in the courtroom of District Judge James Bland at the Pittsburg County Courthouse in McAlester.

Myers narrowly lost the race to Democrat incumbent commissioner Ross Selman, according to unofficial results from Tuesday night's General Election.

When all the votes were tallied, Selman received 13 more votes than Myers out a total of 4,549 ballots cast. Tuesday night's final tally showed Selman with 2,281 total ballots, compared to 2,268 for Myers.

Myers had until 5 p.m. Friday to seek a recount. However, he went ahead and filed for the recount around 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Pittsburg County Election Board office in McAlester. Myers also handed over a $1,200 check made out to the Pittsburg County Election Board that's required to get the process started.

While Assistant Election Board Secretary Tonya Barnes checked on a few details with the State Election Board in Oklahoma City, Myers stepped outside for a cigarette. He said he would have filed for the recount, regardless of the cost.

"I don't want to go through the rest of my life wondering if it could have been different," Myers said. He said he has come too far to quit now.

"I may be a lot of things, but I'm not a quitter," said Myers.

Myers previously held the post of District 3 Pittsburg County commissioner as a Democrat. This race marks the third time he and Selman have faced each other in regard to the District 3 commissioner's post. Myers won the first election between the two, while Selman won the second.

Myers said around 3:40 p.m. Wednesday that he's done everything required to get the recount started.

"The only thing that's left is for the sheriff to serve Ross Selman — and he has the papers," Myers said, referring to the papers that will officially notify Selman of the recount.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com