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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Many county incumbents win seats without opposition

  • Pottawatomie County’s elected officials, judges and district attorney will remain in office another four years after drawing no opponents at the end of a three-day candidate filing period.
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  • Pottawatomie County’s elected officials, judges and district attorney will remain in office another four years after drawing no opponents at the end of a three-day candidate filing period.
    Both Pottawatomie County Commissioners — Melissa Dennis from District 1 and Eddie Stackhouse from District 3, will retain their seats. Both are Democrats.
    Assessor Troyce King, (D) and Treasurer Wendy Magnus, 46, (D), also won their seats unopposed
    District 23 District Attorney Richard Smothermon, 48, (D) drew no opponent and will serve a fourth term for Pottawatomie and Lincoln Counties, which will give him the county’s longest tenure in that position.
    District 23 District Judge John G. Canavan Jr., 60, will remain on the bench another four years in Pottawatomie County as will Lincoln County District Judge Cindy Ferrell-Ashwood, 53.
    Pottawatomie County Associate District Judge John Gardner, 57, and Lincoln County Associate District Judge Sheila Kirk, 52, also were unopposed.
    Lincoln County Assessor Randy L. Wintz, 55, will serve another four years there, as will Lincoln County Treasurer Kathy Sherman, 63.
    Elections will be needed, however, for both county commissioner seats in Lincoln County.
    District 1 Incumbent Lincoln County Commissioner Don E. Sporleder, 61, (R), drew opponents in Ted O’Donnell, 68, (D), and Joe Brockamp, 54, (R).
    District 3 Incumbent Lincoln County Commissioner Lee Doolen, 37, (R), is being challenged by Terry A. Young, 61, (D).
    All the non-partisan Lincoln County Fire Protection posts were elected without opposition:
    • Southwestern No. 1 Director, six-year term: Anita L. Smith, Wellston.
    • Southwestern No. 1 direction, four-year term: David W. Smith Wellston.
    • Jacktown No. 2 director, six-year term: Beth Hooper, Meeker.
    • Northwest No. 3 Director, six-year term: Phillip B. Tucker, Wellston.
    • Central No. 1 director, six-year term: Glen Harrison, Sparks.
    Primary elections will be in June and general elections in November.
     
     
     
     

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