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Challengers step up for Oklahoma County Commission seats

Incumbents in Districts 1 and 3 will face election challengers for seats on the Oklahoma County Commission.
by William Crum Modified: April 10, 2014 at 10:08 pm •  Published: April 10, 2014

Three candidates filed Thursday to contend for two seats on the three-member Oklahoma County Commission.

Incumbents Willa Johnson in District 1 and Ray Vaughn in District 3 filed for re-election on Wednesday.

Candidates who filed Thursday for District 1 were:

•Ronald Henry, 63, of Luther. Henry, a Democrat, will challenge Johnson in the Democratic primary.

•Daren Ward, 39, of Oklahoma City. Ward is a Republican.

Thomas Parkhurst Jr., a Democrat, filed for Republican Vaughn’s seat in District 3. Parkhurst, 49, lives in Edmond.

District 2 Commissioner Brian Maughan is not up for re-election this year.

Other openings

Besides the two commission seats, county assessor and county treasurer are on the ballot.

Assessor Leonard Sullivan and Treasurer Butch Freeman filed for re-election on Wednesday.

Freeman drew an opponent, Stephen Covert of Midwest City, who filed Wednesday.

District Attorney David Prater also filed for re-election on Wednesday. As of Thursday afternoon, nobody had filed with the state Election Board to challenge Prater.

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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