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Incumbents seek re-election to Oklahoma County posts

Two Oklahoma County commissioners, the assessor and the treasurer will ask voters to return them to office.
by William Crum Published: April 10, 2014

All four Oklahoma County incumbents whose offices are on the ballot this year are seeking re-election.

County Commissioners Willa Johnson (District 1) and Ray Vaughn (District 3), Assessor Leonard Sullivan and Treasurer Butch Freeman filed the required paperwork Wednesday at the Oklahoma County Election Board.

Vaughn, Sullivan and Freeman are Republicans. Johnson is a Democrat.

Freeman was the only one to draw an opponent on the first day of candidate filing. A Democrat, Stephen Covert, of Midwest City, says he’ll challenge Freeman.

•Johnson, 75, is a former Defense Department employee and Oklahoma City Council member. She was elected county commissioner in 2007 and re-elected in 2010.

•Vaughn, 65, is an attorney and former state representative. He was elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010.

•Sullivan, 79, is a former state representative. He was elected assessor in 2004 and re-elected in 2006 and 2010.

•Freeman, 70, is a decorated veteran who retired from the U.S. Air Force as a colonel. He was first elected treasurer in 1993 in a special election and has been re-elected five times.

•Covert, 65, ran for state treasurer in 2010, losing to Republican Ken Miller.

The eight elected county officials — three commissioners, assessor, treasurer, sheriff, clerk and court clerk — earn about $105,000 annually, and have not taken a raise for several years.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater, 54, filed for re-election with the State Election Board. Prater, a Democrat, was elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010.

This year’s primary election is June 24. The general election is Nov. 4.

The filing period ends at 5 p.m. Friday.

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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