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Oklahoma elections: County Commissioner District 1 race gets two candidates with clear victories

Veteran county commissioner Willa Johnson 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.
by William Crum Modified: June 25, 2014 at 12:06 am •  Published: June 24, 2014

Cleveland County

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.

Canadian County

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.

Logan County

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.

Lincoln County

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.

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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