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Countywide seats draw cast of candidates in several parts of Oklahoma

Often overshadowed by statewide races, county officials are campaigning hard before Tuesday's primary which will determine many races in Oklahoma.
BY MEGAN ROLLAND Published: June 24, 2012

While the majority of county seats open this year throughout the state were filled without so much as a campaign mailer or yard sign being printed, many seats in the Oklahoma City metro area have attracted multiple candidates and a few interesting ones at that.

In Oklahoma County, voters will replace retiring Court Clerk Patricia Presley, who first was elected to office in 1997.

Seeking the job are Rep. Charles Key, 58, who is term-limited out of the state House of Representatives; Tim Rhodes, 55, who has worked for 15 years under Presley; Nathan Schlinke, 38, an Oklahoma City attorney; and Salome Vaughn, 57, a former campaign manager for Presley who is the president of Career Futures.

No Democrats filed for the office, so unless it goes to a runoff in August, the winner Tuesday will take office.

In Cleveland County, three Republicans are vying to replace longtime County Commissioner George Skinner. Among them is Randy Terrill, a current state representative who is facing bribery charges alleging he offered a fellow politician money to not seek re-election.

Terrill, 42, is not seeking re-election to the House and has said the charges are a complete political attack that will never stand up in court.

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For a list of elections in all 77 counties, go to Polls open 7 a.m. Tuesday in the primary elections, and voters must present a valid form of identification.

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