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County, local issues highlight Oklahoma City metro-area elections

Polls in Oklahoma County don't open until 7 a.m. Tuesday, but by Monday afternoon, more than 2,000 residents had already cast their ballots.

Doug Sanderson, secretary of the Oklahoma County Election Board, said the board had tallied 2,048 early and absentee votes by Monday afternoon, including 293 votes cast during early in-person voting.

Voters in the Oklahoma City metro area will go to the polls Tuesday to decide on a range of county and municipal matters.

Highlighting Tuesday's election is a primary race for Oklahoma County sheriff. Four Republicans and two Democrats are vying to replace outgoing Sheriff John Whetsel, who won re-election in November 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 primary elections 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 homebuilder 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 across the district will vote in a runoff race for board chair.

In the board chair 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 Edmond, voters will consider a pair of city questions dealing with a proposed retail development near the corner of E 15th Street and N Bryant Avenue. The development would include upscale shopping and housing units. 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.

Edmond voters will also see a race for mayor on the ballot. 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.

In Norman, incumbent Ward 5 City Councilman James Chappell will face challenger Sereta Wilson, a foundation director, in a runoff race for the seat.

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.

Oklahoma County


County Sheriff

Democratic primary (Unexpired term)

Virgil Green

Michael H. Hanson

Republican primary (Unexpired term)

Darrell Sorrels

Mike Christian

P.D. Taylor

Brett Macy

City of Bethany

Ward 3 council member (Unexpired term)

Robert McCutchen

Arvel Williams

City of Choctaw

Ward 4 council member

Roger D. Malone

Art Sipes

Missy Jennings

City of Edmond

Proposition 1: Amends the city's land use plan to allow for a mixed-use development, including upscale retail stores and 325 residential units, to be built on property just north of E 15th Street and S Bryant Avenue.

Proposition 2: Rezones property just north of E 15th Street and S Bryant Avenue to allow for the construction of a mixed-use development, including upscale retail stores and 325 residential units.


Charles Lamb

Saundra Gragg Naifeh

Town of Forest Park

Proposition: Separates the town clerk and treasurer positions and places elections for both positions on the April 2019 ballot.

Board of Trustees, Office 4

William Elliott

Reginald Cobb

Town of Jones

Board of Trustees (Unexpired term)

Kaleb Combs

Tyler McElhaney

Town of Luther

Board of Trustees (Unexpired term)

Carolyn L. Lawson

Cecelia Taft

Herbert R. Keith

Jason Roy Roach

Board of Trustees

Ronald G. Johnson

Jenni White

Mike McClure

Andy McDaniels

Paxton Cavin

Birlene Langley

Trandy Langston

City of Oklahoma City

Ward 4 council member

Richard D. Morrissette

Todd Stone

City of Spencer

Ward 3 council member

James C. Talley

Timothy Harris

Council member at large

Tonni Canaday

Marsha Mukes

Frank C. Calvin

City of The Village

Ward 2 council member

Bubba Symes

Lidon Saura

Ward 4 council member (unexpired term)

Chris W. Bernardy

Cathy Cummings

Oklahoma City Public Schools

Board chair

Paula Lewis

Stanley Hupfeld

Office 1 board member

Cheryl Poole

Charles Henry

Office 2 board member

Rebecca L. Budd

Nick Singer


Cleveland County


City of Noble

Ward 1 council member

Wayne A. Wygle

Ezra Roesler

City of Norman

Ward 5 council member

James Chappel

Sereta Wilson

Lexington Public Schools

Proposition: A $10.7 million bond issue for construction projects and other upgrades, including safe room additions at Lexington Elementary School and Lexington Middle School, cafeteria equipment upgrades, roof repair at Lexington Middle School and an expansion of the band room.

Office 2 board member

Terri Sample

Travis W. Peery


Canadian County


City of Geary

Proposition: A half-cent sales tax increase, bringing the city's sales tax from 3 percent to 3.5 percent.

Ward 1 council member

John Gregerson

Tabbitha Kiener

Ward 2 council member

Cozetta Johnson

Craig Wright

Elesha Bingham

Matthew Reiber

Ward 4 council member

Trey Carter

Ernest W. Allen

Town of Calument

Board of Trustees

Barbara W. Johnson

Steve J. Snow

John Morris

Laurie Morris

Annettee Martin

Mahgan M. Muskett

Board of Trustees (Unexpired term)

Wayne Schwab

Terry Brungardt

City of Mustang

Ward 6 council member

Jess M. Schweinberg

Don Mount

Town of Okarche

Board of Trustees, Office 2

Tommy Schroeder

Jeff Sadler

Town Clerk (Unexpired term)

Dana Reese

James Raymond Nance

Town of Union City

Town Clerk-Treasurer

Susan Elaine McCollum

Brittany Vickers


Grady County


City of Chickasha

Ward 1, Position 1 council member

Mike Sutterfield

Mark Keeling

Ward 3, Position 1 council member

Phylis Steelman

Cody Turpin

Ward 4, Position 1 council member

John D. Toland

Michael Chambon

Jim Hopkins

Kelly Boyd

City of Minco

Ward 1, Position 2 council member

Matt Gore

Susan Hollandsworth

Ward 4, Position 2 council member

Kathy Edwards

Neal Locke

Town of Rush Springs

Board of Trustees

Virginia L. Eller

Janice Strange

Christa A. Porter

Thomas O. Foster, Jr.

Board of Trustees (Unexpired term)

Deanna F. Pate

Misty D. Higgins

Brian Hale

City of Tuttle

Ward 3 council member

Sarah Hites

Todd Littleton

Ward 4 council member

Scott Dickson

Teresa Buck

Town of Verden

Board of Trustees

Julia Ash

Terry Keeton

Lonnie L. Norris

Board of Trustees (Unexpired term)

Clyde Butch Robertson

Mary Adrice Cole

Ricky Willis

Harold Millsap


Lincoln County


Town of Carney

Board of Trustees

Brad L. Hurst

Tara L. Donovan

Alex Butler

Gregory E. Wolfe

Kim Hughes

Town of Davenport

Judy Gessner

Carol Ward


Logan County


City of Crescent

Ward 1 council member

Jim Neal

Marshall Powell

City of Guthrie


Mike Monahan

Steven Gentling

Ward 1 council member

Price Purvis

Jim Case

Ward 2 council member

Darryl Gellenbeck

Jeff Taylor

Ward 3 council member

Jason Smedley

Gaylord Z. Thomas

Town of Langston

Board of Trustees, Office 2

Alicia Rena'e Sumlin

Sheila D. Stevenson


McClain County


City of Blanchard

Ward 3 council member

D Smith

Matt Alexander

Ward 4 council member

Yvonne M. Lackey

Steven Misenheimer

Council member at large

Barbara Harris

Eddie Odle

Town of Goldsby

Board of Trustees, Office 2

Cindy Scott

Glenn Berglan

City of Newcastle

Ward 1 council member (Unexpired term)

Jimmy Gurley

Tommy Clay

Council member at large

Joe Covey

Tiffany Love-Elcyzyn


Pottawatomie County


Town of Asher

Board of Trustees

Wesley Culwell, Jr.

Kenny Taylor

Chris Hines

Board of Trustees (Unexpired term)

Robby Mosley

Curtis L. Craig

Town of Bethel Acres

Board of Trustees, Office 1 (Unexpired term)

Jake Clanin

Melvin Potter

City of Maud

Ward 2 council member

DeCarla Wallgren

Bobby Watson

Holly Smith

Virginia Stephens

City of McLoud

Ward 3 council member

Frank L. Pearce

Tim McGuinness

Ward 4 council member

Tom Morris

Steven M. Tomaszewski

Council member at large

Larry R. Dillon

Philip L. Solinger

Pete Pendley

James Woods

Town of Pink

Board of Trustees, Office 2

Harvey Babbit

Jamille Parris

Laurie Thornburg

Town of Wanette

Board of Trustees

Ernest Ray Vanschuyver

Rosemary Finney

Sandra Roberts

McLoud Public Schools

Proposition: A $10.6 million bond issue for construction projects, including the construction of a new intermediate school near the corner of County Road 110 and County Road 331.

Office 2 board member

Steven M. Swartz

Melanie Krause

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