Willa Johnson had a big night.
The veteran county commissioner cruised to victory Tuesday in the Democratic primary for the District 1 seat on the Oklahoma County Board of Commissioners.
Johnson, 75, will defend her seat against Republican Daren Ward in the Nov. 4 general election. Ward, 39, took an easy victory in the race for the GOP nomination.
Ward, an Oklahoma City general contractor who specializes in storm, water and fire restoration, said his goals were to use technology to modernize and streamline county business and to “be there for the people.” He said Johnson too often was absent from county board meetings.
“I don’t where he’s getting that information,” Johnson said. She acknowledged she has missed some meetings but said “everybody on that commission has missed some” because of conflicts with other county business.
Bidding for her third full term after serving more than 14 years on the Oklahoma City Council, Johnson said Tuesday’s primary victory was her biggest yet. “It was a landslide win, and I’m really pleased about that,” she said.
With 88 of 91 precincts reporting, Johnson, of Oklahoma City, had 9,816 votes, or 75.4 percent, to 3,206, or 24.6 percent, for Ronald Henry, 63, of Luther.
In the Republican primary, Ward had 6,725 votes, or 63.4 percent, to 3,886, or 36.6 percent, for Earl Davis, 62, of Choctaw.
Johnson said she wanted to keep her focus on roads and bridges, and on serving the small towns and unincorporated areas of the district, which generally covers eastern Oklahoma County.
“I want to do just what I’ve been doing, and that’s making District 1 a progressive district,” she said.
In Oklahoma County races without primaries:
Republican incumbent Ray Vaughn will face Democrat Thomas Parkhurst Jr. for the Oklahoma County Board of Commissioners District 3 seat in November. Vaughn, 66, of Edmond, was elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. Parkhurst, 49, also lives in Edmond.
The longtime Oklahoma County treasurer, Republican Butch Freeman, will face Democrat Stephen Covert, 65, of Midwest City, in November. Freeman, 70, of Choctaw, was elected treasurer in 1993 in a special election and has been re-elected five times.
Oklahoma County Assessor Leonard Sullivan, a Republican, and District Attorney David Prater, a Democrat, were unopposed and will be elected to new four-year terms.
Mike Reynolds, 63, an Oklahoma City computer consultant, and Harold Haralson, 59, a Norman family practice physician, will meet in the Aug. 26 runoff for the Republican nomination in the race for the Cleveland County Board of County Commissioners in District 3.
Reynolds took 2,313 votes, or 37.2 percent of the total, to 2,144, or 34.5 percent, for Haralson. Two other candidates split the remainder. The runoff winner will face Democrat Cal Hobson, a former state senator, in the Nov. 4 general election.
Cleveland County Assessor David Tinsley trounced assessor’s office employee Cheryl Pack, 12,273 votes, or 68.4 percent, to 5,666, or 31.6 percent, to win the Republican primary. Tinsley was re-elected since no Democrat filed for the office.
Mark Hader and Wesley Higgins will meet in the Aug. 26 runoff for the Republican nomination for District 1 on the Canadian County Board of Commissioners.
With all 15 precincts reporting, Hader led Higgins 1,588 to 924. Three other candidates split the remainder of the vote.
Hader, 50, of Yukon, is a construction manager and inspector for Tetra Tech. Higgins, 51, of El Reno, is a road foreman for Canadian County District 2.
The runoff winner will face Democrat Justin Joe Atkinson in the general election.
In other Canadian County races:
Republican Jack Stewart easily outdistanced two opponents to win re-election to the District 3 board seat. Stewart, a civil engineer from Yukon, will retain his seat since no Democrats filed.
Republican Treasurer Carolyn Leck, of El Reno, easily defeated challenger Kimberly Rhodes, a Yukon accountant, and was re-elected. No Democrat filed.
In Logan County, Marven Lee Goodman upset incumbent Mark Sharpton in the Republican primary for the District 1 seat on the Board of County Commissioners.
Goodman drew 958 votes, or 51.2 percent, to 912, or 48.8 percent, for Sharpton.
No Democrat filed, so Goodman will be elected.
Incumbent Don Sporleder won the Republican nomination for the District 1 seat on the Board of County Commissioners in Lincoln County. Sporleder, 61, of Davenport, will face Democrat Ted O’Donnell, 68, of Perkins, on Nov. 4.