The incumbent District 2 commissioner retained his seat, and the race for county court clerk is headed to a runoff between the chief deputy court clerk and a longtime state legislator.
Brian Maughan is the first Oklahoma County commissioner re-elected to the District 2 seat since F.G. “Buck” Buchanan was elected to his final term in 1992.
Maughan trounced Harrah businessman Gordon Jeney 5,562 to 1,864. No Democrat filed for the office, so Maughan won re-election at Tuesday's primary.
“It's been a great feeling to know I have the voters' confidence,” Maughan said. “I took the race very serious. I just worked like it was all up to me and prayed like it was all up to God.”
The 35-year-old conservative, who owns a marketing and public relations firm in Oklahoma City, said voters appreciated his out-of-the-box approach to county government.
In his second term he will continue to expand on his big three focuses — a county graffiti and litter cleanup program for nonviolent offenders; a comprehensive ditch cleaning program; and new technology to expand the life of the district's roads and bridges, he said.
“Collectively I think that's going to do it all,” he said.
Jeney said he was disappointed with the results, but that he will continue to try and make a difference for his friends and neighbors in Oklahoma County.
“I think the main reason for him being re-elected is his entrenchment in the Republican Party and his being an incumbent, not necessarily his performance as a candidate or commissioner,” he said. “I don't think this is going to be the last time you hear from me.”
The race for the open court clerk's seat was not so clear. None of the five candidates for the office won a majority of the vote Tuesday, so the two top vote-getters are headed to an Aug. 28 runoff election.
Tim Rhodes, who has served 15 years as chief deputy to the court clerk, received 10,480 votes, or almost 40 percent; Charles Key, who served nine terms with the state House of Representatives, received 9,485 votes, or 36 percent.
None of the remaining three candidates garnered more than 4,000 votes.
“I don't know that I'm one of the two most experienced candidates, but I am the most experience court clerk,” Rhodes said late Tuesday. “I think a lot of people recognize that the office takes a lot of expertise and experience; the voters recognized that and this was the result.”
Key could not be reached for comment.
No Democrat filed for the office, so either Rhodes or Key will win the seat in the runoff. The winner will succeed Patricia Presley, who will retire from the office at the end of this year.