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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Shawnee Ward 1 candidate withdraws for House race; Ward 5 candidacy contested

  • Elections have developed for the Ward 5 and 6 Shawnee city commission seats, although candidacy of the Ward 5 incumbent is being contested. For Ward 1, a newcomer won the seat after Incumbent Pamela Snider-Stephens withdrew her name from that race to instead file for the District 26 House seat.
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  • Elections have developed for the Ward 5 and 6 Shawnee city commission seats, although candidacy of the Ward 5 incumbent is being contested. For Ward 1, a newcomer won the seat after Incumbent Pamela Snider-Stephens withdrew her name from that race to instead file for the District 26 House seat.
    Stephens, 50, filed as a Democrat and is challenging Incumbent Republican Justin Freeland Wood, 24.
    Stephens, who said members of the State Democratic Leadership urged her to run for the District 26 seat, said she talked with family and friends before she withdrew as a candidate for the Ward 1 Shawnee city commission seat — a post she’s held since 2006. She filed for the House seat late Friday.
    “I decided I could better serve the city of Shawnee as the state level considering the serious issues we are currently facing,” she said.
    Stephens said she is pleased with her replacement to the city commission. With her withdrawing from that race, Gary G. Vogel, 65, won the Ward 1 seat unopposed at the conclusion of the three-day filing on Friday.
    For Ward 5, Incumbent John Winterringer, 48, filed to retain his seat and drew an opponent in Lesa Shaw, 53, but his candidacy for that seat is now being questioned.
    Shaw, late Friday afternoon, filed paperwork with the Election Board to contest Winterringer’s candidacy for that post because of his place of residence. She notes that while he owns the home on Mesa Verde Street in Ward 5, he hasn’t resided there in the past year. The filed document shows a hearing on that matter will be held on April 23.
    In the race for Ward 6, Steven C. Smith, 61, is being challenged by three opponents — Candie Swinney-Griffin, 65, Michael Dykstra, 36, and Larry G. Smith, 64.
    Several elections also will be needed for area State House and Senate seats.
    For the District 27 House race, incumbent Josh Cockroft, 23, (R), Tecumseh, drew a Republican opponent in Lani Habrock, 28, Tecumseh.
    In other races, seven candidates are vying for the District 28 State Senator seat.
    Republican candidates in that race are Michael Ballard, 44, Tecumseh; Charles C. Mashek, 45, Shawnee; Joe Dobry, 45, Chandler; Danny Williams, 64, Seminole; and Jason Smalley, 33, Stroud. Democratic candidates in that race are Marilyn Rainwater, 59, Seminole, and Billy Hinton, 61, Prague.
    A race also has developed for District 32 State Representative.
    Democratic candidates are Jamey White, 24, Prague, and Michial Poteet, 52, Agra. Republicans for that seat are Kevin Wallace, 45, Wellston, Terry Autry, 47, Stroud, and Ray Wade, 61, Carney.
    For the House District 28 seat, Tom Newell, 45, Seminole, the incumbent, drew an opponent Friday in Jason Leonard, 48, Seminole.
    Primary elections will be held in June, with the general election in November.
     
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