Pottawatomie County Democrats retained two incumbents in Tuesday’s primary election, with Jerry Richards and Nancy Bryce winning by decisive margins.

Richards, District 2 county commissioner, won his fourth consecutive term, defeating three other primary opponents. Richards garnered more than 60 percent of the vote against opponents J.C. Jackson, Leslie Poff and Charles Carthen. He received 952 votes, while Jackson got 285; Poff, 224; and Carthen, 122.

Bryce, who has worked in the office for 23 1/2 years and has been clerk since 1993, won her fifth four-year term. She received 3,038 votes, which was more than 61 percent, according to figures provided by the county election board. Challenger Alicia Warner earned 1,918 votes, nearly 39 percent.

Following Tuesday night’s victory, Richards said: “I want to thank the voters in District 2. I thank them so much for their support.”


Pottawatomie County Democrats retained two incumbents in Tuesday’s primary election, with Jerry Richards and Nancy Bryce winning by decisive margins.
Richards, District 2 county commissioner, won his fourth consecutive term, defeating three other primary opponents. Richards garnered more than 60 percent of the vote against opponents J.C. Jackson, Leslie Poff and Charles Carthen. He received 952 votes, while Jackson got 285; Poff, 224; and Carthen, 122.
Bryce, who has worked in the office for 23 1/2 years and has been clerk since 1993, won her fifth four-year term. She received 3,038 votes, which was more than 61 percent, according to figures provided by the county election board. Challenger Alicia Warner earned 1,918 votes, nearly 39 percent.
Following Tuesday night’s victory, Richards said: “I want to thank the voters in District 2. I thank them so much for their support.”
The veteran county commissioner said he wants to do more black topping and will work toward the passage of the county sales tax proposition.
Voters throughout Pottawatomie County will decide Aug. 26 whether to extend the county sales tax permanently, although the current tax doesn’t expire for another five years.
“We have moved Pottawatomie County forward,” Richards said. “The other two commissioners (Bob Guinn and Buck Day) and I work really well together. I said 11 1/2 years ago I wanted to move the county forward, and I think the voters have agreed.”
Bryce said she is happy the residents of Pottawatomie County had enough confidence to re-elect her. “I will do everything possible to serve the public as they have been served in the past,” Bryce said.
Warner, who was making her first attempt at running for public office, said: “I really don’t know what to say. It was a good race, she (Bryce) won and I wish her all the luck.”
Warner, who formerly worked in the county clerk’s office, had spent the last seven years working for Richards in the District 2 office. She stepped down June 5 in order to run for office.
She didn’t rule out a future attempt at seeking a public office, adding, “I’ll think about it.”
In a race for Maud’s Ward 1 council post, Casey Garren defeated Carl Parramore, 105 to 33.
Democrats in Pottawatomie County favored Andrew Rice over Jim Rogers, 2,939 to 1,844, in the bid for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Jim Inhofe. County Republicans provided Inhofe, who won 1,786 votes, with a lopsided victory over three GOP opponents, including Evelyn Rogers, Dennis Lopez and Ted Ryals. They received 167, 81 and 104 votes, respectively.
In the Democratic primary for congressional District 5, Steven L. Perry, with 2,906 votes, outdistanced Bert Smith, who got 1,694 votes. They are seeking the seat held by incumbent Congresswoman Mary Fallin, a Republican.
In the Republican primary for corporation commissioner, Rob Johnson received 1,084 votes in Pottawatomie County to Dana Murphy’s 985.
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Mike McCormick may be reached at 214-3922 or michael.mccormick@news-star.com.
Staff writer Amanda Gire contributed to this story.