Voters in the Tri-County area are headed to the polls today to decide several political contests and choose Democrat and Republican nominees in others.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In-person absentee balloting ended at 6 p.m. Monday, with a total of 365 votes cast during the three days it was available. Voters must go to their precincts to cast ballots today, and in Pottawatomie County that includes 30 locations.

Pottawatomie County Election Board Secretary Diana Knight said she expects a little more than 40 percent of the 37,821 registered voters in Pottawatomie County will turn out for today’s primary.


Voters in the Tri-County area are headed to the polls today to decide several political contests and choose Democrat and Republican nominees in others.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In-person absentee balloting ended at 6 p.m. Monday, with a total of 365 votes cast during the three days it was available. Voters must go to their precincts to cast ballots today, and in Pottawatomie County that includes 30 locations.
Pottawatomie County Election Board Secretary Diana Knight said she expects a little more than 40 percent of the 37,821 registered voters in Pottawatomie County will turn out for today’s primary.
Several races are on the ballot for voters in Shawnee and in the county. All registered voters in Shawnee can vote in the three city commission races, which include a total of eight candidates. The only commission race that will be decided for certain is in Ward 3, where incumbent Marva O’Neal is challenged by former city commissioner James Harrod.
Three candidates are running for mayor. They include Ward 5 commissioner and former vice mayor Linda Peterson; Linda Agee, who spent 30 years with the Federal Aviation Administration before retiring; and Matt LaHue, a local school teacher. If none of the three claims a majority in today’s election, the top two will face off in the Nov. 4 general election. Mayor Chuck Mills is not seeking a second term.
Three people are in the contest for Ward 2 commissioner: Jerry Chastain, Frank Sims and George Davis. Current Ward 2 commissioner Tom Schrzan is not running for re-election after serving one term.
Six are in the contest for sheriff, and Democrat and Republican voters will help decide their nominees. Incumbent Kurt Shirey has three challengers in the Democratic primary: district attorney investigator Mike Booth, McLoud Police Chief Gary Roe and retired Shawnee police officer Jay Davis.
Republican hopefuls are Chris Hurley and Jerry Farris. Hurley is a former sheriff’s deputy, reserve deputy and has military experience. Farris is a retired master sergeant with the Oklahoma City Police Department and works for the Cleveland County sheriff’s office.
If there is not majority winner on the Democrat side Tuesday, the top two will be on the Aug. 26 primary runoff ballot, with the winner facing today’s Republican winner in the Nov. 4 general election.
Democrats living in the District 2 area of Pottawatomie County also will choose between four county commissioner candidates, and Democrats throughout the county will decide the contest for county clerk.
In the race for District 2 commissioner, incumbent Jerry Richards is challenged by J.C. Jackson, Leslie Poff and Charles Carthen. Should one of the four not claim a majority, the top two will square off Aug. 26.
There are no Republicans in the District 2 commissioner contest.
The county clerk contest pits incumbent Nancy Bryce against challenger Alicia Warner.
Voters in Maud will decide a Ward 1 council race between Carl Parramore and Casey Garren.
Republicans in the county will help choose a GOP nominee for corporation commissioner between Rob Johnson and Dana Murphy.
Democrats will choose a nominee to run against Fifth District U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin in November. On the ballot are Bert Smith and Steven Perry.
Democrats and Republicans throughout the county will help choose nominees for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Sen. Jim Inhofe. He is opposed in his own party by Evelyn Rogers, Dennis Lopez and Ted Ryals.
On the Democrat side, Andrew Rice and Jim Rogers are seeking the nomination.