SHAWNEE — Pottawatomie County voters Tuesday will decide who will be the next county clerk, and which Democratic candidate for District 2 county commissioner will go on to compete in a general election.
Running for county clerk are Raeshel Flewellen, 50, and Stacie O'Bright-Brown, 41. Both are Democrats from Shawnee. The seat is now held by Nancy Bryce, of Shawnee, who is retiring.
Bryan Richards, 51, of Wanette, and Frank Sims, 54, of Shawnee, are vying for the county commissioner position. The winner will compete in the Nov. 6 general election against Republican Randy Thomas, 50, of Macomb, and independent candidate Scott Reynolds, 61, of Wanette.
Flewellen has worked in the county clerk's office more than 11 years. She has experience with land records, payroll, and purchasing and finance areas of the county office. Before working in Pottawatomie County, Flewellen worked in the land records department of the Oklahoma County clerk's office.
She has completed 88 hours toward her county clerk's certification.
“This is what my job has been for more than a decade,” Flewellen said. “This is what I love and know, and I want to continue doing it.”
O'Bright-Brown has worked for the Pottawatomie County district attorney for 15 years. She has been a victim and witness coordinator, and she serves as supervisor of the criminal investigation division and as a legal assistant for prosecutors.
“I've spent most of my adult years in public service and want to do more for my community,” O'Bright-Brown said. “And I want to improve services in the clerk's office.”
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