Oklahoma Elections: Canadian County sherrif, clerk win primary

Two contentious Republican primary races in Canadian County looked like they would be easy victories for the incumbents.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: June 26, 2012 at 10:31 pm •  Published: June 26, 2012

— Two contentious Republican primary races in Canadian County wound down Tuesday night, with the incumbents appearing to coast to easy victories.

Canadian County Sheriff Randall Edwards was defeating former subordinate David Beaty as of 9 p.m.

If he wins, Edwards will face independent candidate Josh Moore in the November general election. Like Beaty, Moore also is a former subordinate of the sheriff.

The sheriff said he is looking forward to seeing a new jail completed during his next term in office.

“I helped to design it, so I'd like to oversee the building of it, as well,” Edwards said.

Marie Ramsey also held a large lead at 9 p.m. Tuesday over challenger Edward Kremeier for county court clerk.

No other candidates filed for the post, so the winner of Tuesday's primary will take the office.

The race between the two was one of the nastiest in the state, with Kremeier reporting sign thefts, harassing emails and fish guts on his car early one morning.

Ramsey denies any wrongdoing in the race.

“He went after this job for the wrong reasons,” she said. “The people of Canadian County want experience and knowledge, not some person who has a personal vendetta against me.”

by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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