More than half of county elections throughout state are uncontested

Of 308 offices up for election in every county in November, 156 were uncontested, according to an analysis of candidate filings done by The Oklahoman.
BY MEGAN ROLLAND mrolland@opubco.com Published: April 22, 2012

Across Oklahoma, 156 county-level offices were uncontested, with candidates taking seats as sheriffs, commissioners, court clerks and county clerks without an election.

That's slightly more than half of the 308 seats that are up for election in November.

The majority of county sheriff positions throughout the state — 57 of 77 counties — are contested this year, with candidates in many cases stepping up to challenge incumbents.

Last week was the deadline for candidates to withdraw their names from the ballot before the June primary and November general elections.

An analysis of the election filing done by The Oklahoman shows 591 candidates in the state have filed for the four political offices open in each county.

The sheriff's positions drew the most candidates, with 213 filing for office, while 166 candidates filed for county commissioner office 2 seats.

There were 111 candidates for 77 county clerk positions and only 101 candidates for the seldom contested seats of court clerk.

Contributing: LeighAnne Manwarren, For The Oklahoman