Voters will head to the polls for the Statewide Primary Tuesday, as several offices are up for renewal. Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. If a local race fails to determine a clear winner –– sparking a runoff –– it will go to a vote during the Runoff Primary Election Aug. 23.
Note: An in-depth look at local, state and U.S. offices coming up for a vote –– some could lead to significant changes in leadership depending on the outcome.
Voters will head to the polls for the Statewide Primary Tuesday, as several offices are up for renewal. Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
If a local race fails to determine a clear winner –– sparking a runoff –– it will go to a vote during the Runoff Primary Election Aug. 23.
Locally, City Commission seats 2 and 3 are up for election –– both 4-year terms. Due to the commission's inability to fill the Ward 1 seat –– which has been vacant for a year –– three candidates have filed to finish the remainder of its term. Shawnee residents will vote for each of the seats –– not just their own wards.
During the filing period in April, since no one ran against the applicants, two positions have already been decided –– Shawnee's new mayor will be Richard Finley and Darren Keith Rutherford will step into the Ward 4 Commission seat.
Vying for Ward 2 seat are incumbent Linda Agee and Ron Gillham Sr. Gillham had said early on that his circumstances had changed and wasn't sure he'd have enough time to commit to the post, if elected. But on Thursday he confirmed he would serve; he said he grew especially concerned since observing the climate of the current campaign cycle.
Incumbent James Harrod, vice mayor –– hoping to remain Ward 3 Commissioner –– is running against Kelli Gray McCullar. An intense ad campaign between the two candidates has sparked some controversy that threatens to drive a wedge between the city and area tribes. A campaign committee firmly posed its mission statement through its name: “Committee Oppose to CPN (Citizen Potawatomi Nation) Taking Over City of Shawnee.”
Three candidates are running to finish the Ward 1 term: Dub Bushong, William D. Kirkland and Tana Gamble. Dell Kerbs had filed for the seat, but withdrew the next day to throw his hat in the ring for state Representative for District 26.
Incumbent Randy Thomas, of Macomb, and Russell McCaslin, from Wanette –– both Republicans –– are up for Pottawatomie County Commissioner District Two.
Regarding Pottawatomie County positions, incumbent Raeshel Flewallen won unopposed for Pottawatomie County Clerk and Valerie Ueltzen will remain Pottawatomie Court Clerk. They are both Democrats from Shawnee.
Those running for state and U.S. offices are:
• Eric Hall, 34, Democrat from Ada
• Steve Jarman, 61, Democrat from Pauls Valley
• Shawn Howard, Republican from Ada
• Greg McCorney, Republican from Ada
• Jet McCoy, Republican from Ada
• Ron Sharp, 63, incumbent and Republican from Shawnee
• Brooke McGowan, 45, Republican from Choctaw
• Steve Perry, 63, Democrat from Oklahoma City
• Mike Workman, 65, Democrat from Tulsa
• Dax Ewbank, 40, Libertarian from Guthrie
• Robert T. Murphy, 68, Libertarian from Norman
• Sean Braddy, 44, Independent from Norman
• Mark T. Beard, 56, Independent from Oklahoma City
In the Nov. 8 General Election, the winners will be up against: James Lankford, 48, Republican from Edmond.
• Dell Kerbs, 42, Republican from Shawnee
• Sterling Alexander Springer, 30, Republican from Shawnee
In the Nov. 8 General Election, the winner will be up against Nick Atwood, 37, Democrat from Shawnee.
• Josh Cockroft, 27, Republican from Wanette
• Lynn Medford, 62, Republican from Norman
• Trey Baker, 32, Republican from Tecumseh
In the Nov. 8 General Election, the winner will be up against John Karlin, 70, Democrat from Tecumseh.
• Yasminda Choate, 36, Democrat from Sasakwa
• Marilyn Rainwater, 61, Democrat from Seminole
• Jason Leonard, 50, Democrat from Seminole
In the Nov. 8 General Election, the winner will be up against Tom Newell, 47, Republican from Seminole.
• Kevin Wallace, 47, Republican from Wellston
• Steve Hadaway, 58, Republican from Carney
In the Nov. 8 General Election, the winner will be up against Billy Hinton, 62, Democrat from Prague.
• Frank D. Lucas, 56, Republican from Cheyenne
• Desiree Brown, 32, Republican from Hennessey
In the Nov. 8 General Election, the winner will be up against: Frankie Robbins, 70, Democrat from Medford.
• Tom Guild, 61, Democrat from Edmond
• Steve Russell, 52, Republican from Choctaw
• Al McAffrey, 67, Democrat from Oklahoma City
• Leona Leonard, 45, Democrat from Seminole
• Frank Volpe, 48, Republican from Harrah
In the Nov. 8 General Election, the winners will be up against: Zachary Knight, 35, Libertarian from Edmond.
Aug 23 is the Runoff Primary Election. The last day to register to vote in time for the Runoff Primary is July 29. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 5 p.m. Aug. 17. Early voting begins Aug. 18 at 8 a.m., ending Saturday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m.
Nov. 8 is the General Election. The last day to register to vote in time for the General Election is Oct. 14. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 5 p.m. Nov. 2. Early voting begins Nov. 3 at 8 a.m., ending Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m.
For more election-related information, call the Pottawatomie County Election Board at (405) 273-8376, or visit www.elections.ok.gov.
Jeannie Stover, Secretary of the Pottawatomie County Election Board, said that sample ballots can be viewed at the Election Board office, located at 14101 Acme Rd. in Shawnee, during regular office hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sample ballots also will be posted outside every precinct polling place on Tuesday so that voters can review them before casting their votes.
Ballots that will be issued to voters on Tuesday include the following: Democrat, Republican, Libertarian and City of Shawnee.
To view sample ballots online, visit ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/.
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