Oklahoma elections: Maughan keeps Oklahoma County commission seat

Incumbent Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan retains District 2 commissioners' seat; race for county court clerk pared down to two.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD zcampfield@opubco.com Modified: June 26, 2012 at 10:15 pm •  Published: June 27, 2012
Experience was key Tuesday for candidates fighting for Oklahoma County office.

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.”

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