Luther voters to select new trustee to replace embattled former board member

Luther voters will go to the polls Tuesday to elect a new member of the town's Board of Trustees to replace a trustee who resigned after admitting to making racial comments about other city officials. The election is one of several elections to be held throughout the metro-area on Jan. 14.
by Silas Allen Published: January 14, 2014
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Luther voters will go to the polls Tuesday to elect a new member of the town's Board of Trustees.

The new member will replace Greg Atkinson, a former trustee who resigned after admitting to making racial comments about other city officials.

The election is one of several to be held Tuesday throughout Oklahoma.

Atkinson resigned from the board in October after he admitted to using a racial slur when referring to Luther Mayor Cecilia Taft and police Chief Marcus Thurman, both of whom are black.

Four candidates are seeking to complete the remainder of Atkinson's one-year term: Allen Parrish, Lea Ann Jackson, Ronald Johnson and Gerald McCauley.

Choctaw County voters will consider a proposal to allow sales of liquor by the drink in the county. The county is one of 26 in Oklahoma that remains dry.

Also in Choctaw County, voters in the Grant Elementary School District will vote on two separate bond proposals, one for $350,000 and a second for $100,000. Both of the bond issues would go to fund construction and remodeling projects around the district.

In Seminole County, Konawa voters will select candidates to fill two seats on the Konawa City Council. Voters will choose between Frank Shirley and Latrelle Davis for Ward 3 and James M. Blackwood and Michael O. Tenney for Ward 4.


by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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