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Races for sheriff, school board, city council highlight Tuesday's election

Voters in Edmond, Norman, Oklahoma City and elsewhere will go to the polls Tuesday to decide on a range of city and county matters.

Among those races is a primary election for Oklahoma County sheriff, in which six candidates are seeking to replace longtime Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel. Whetsel, a Democrat, was reelected to the position in last November's general election, but announced earlier this year that he planned to retire.

Republican candidates for the position are Oklahoma County Undersheriff P.D. Taylor; Darrell Sorrels, a former sheriff's supervisor; Brett Macy, a former Oklahoma City police lieutenant and current member of the Pardon and Parole Board; and Mike Christian, a former state legislator.

Whetsel defeated Christian in last November's election with 51.84 percent of the vote.

Democratic candidates are Virgil Green, a former Spencer police chief, and Mike Hanson, an Oklahoma County sheriff's deputy.

Winners of the two contests will go on to face independent candidate Ed Grimes, 63, a Canadian County sheriff's deputy, in a special general election Sept. 12.

Voters in Oklahoma City's 4th Ward will select a city council member to replace outgoing Councilman Pete White, who is not seeking a fourth term. Former State Rep. Richard Morrissette will face Todd Stone, a home builder and developer.

In the Oklahoma City school district, voters in school board districts 1 and 2 will cast ballots in runoff races for those school board seats. Voters districtwide will vote in a runoff race for board chairperson.

In the board chairperson race, Paula Lewis, an occupational therapist and current board member for District 4, will face Stanley Hupfeld, a retired hospital executive and charter school advocate.

In District 1, Cheryl Poole, a retired teacher, will face Charles Henry, an attorney and special judge with the Oklahoma City Municipal Court. In District 2, Rebecca Budd, a retired consultant, will face Nick Singer, a legislative organizer.

In Norman, incumbent Ward 5 City Councilman James Chappell will face challenger Sereta Wilson, owner of Annie's Ruff House and director of Annie's Rescue Foundation, in a runoff race for the seat.

In Edmond, voters will consider a pair of city questions regarding a planned retail and housing development near the corner of E 15th Street and N Bryant Avenue. The first of the two questions would change the city's land use plan to allow for the development. The second question would rezone the land to allow for the development.

Also in Edmond, incumbent Mayor Charles Lamb will face challenger Saundra Naifeh, a former Edmond mayor. Naifeh withdrew from the election in February, but her decision came too late to have her name removed from the ballot.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Voters must show proof of identity when voting. Acceptable forms of identification include an Oklahoma driver's license or identification card, a U.S. passport or military identification card, or photo identification from a federally recognized tribe.

Silas Allen

Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri. Read more ›