Voters in every county in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area will have to decide during Tuesday's general election who will be the top law officer.
In Oklahoma County, Sheriff John Whetsel will face Darrell Sorrels, a retired sheriff's deputy.
Whetsel, 63, of Choctaw, is an incumbent seeking his fifth term. He is a Democrat. Sorrels, 58, of Midwest City, works security at the federal courthouse in Oklahoma City as a contract employee of the U.S. Marshals Service. He is a Republican.
Cleveland County Sheriff Joe Lester, a Republican, will face Independent candidate Kelly Owings, of Lexington.
Lester was first elected sheriff of Cleveland County in 2008. He began his law enforcement career while serving in the military in the late 1960s.
Lester, 68, went on to serve in the Tulsa Police Department from 1969-91, before taking over as the police chief at the University of Oklahoma, a post he held until 2003.
Owings, 50, once served as a Lexington police officer.
In Canadian County, incumbent Sheriff Randall Edwards, a Republican, is facing a former subordinate in Tuesday's election.
Edwards was elected in 2008, defeating incumbent Lewis Hawkins by a wide margin.
Independent candidate Joshua Moore, who once worked for Edwards as a deputy, has been in law enforcement for 13 years, according to his website.
Moore has worked as an investigator during his law enforcement career and even traveled to Iraq in 2007 to train police officers in the war-torn country.
Edwards, a former Marine, ran his own ranching business for 30 years in Canadian County before joining the sheriff's office as a deputy.
In Logan County, incumbent Sheriff James Bauman is running against Ben McHand.
Bauman, a Republican, was elected in 2008 after defeating former sheriff Randy Richardson.
McHand, a Democrat, is retired from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, according to his Facebook page.
Former Edmond resident Ryan Lake, a Republican, is running for sheriff in McClain County.
Lake is running against incumbent Sheriff Don Hewitt, a Democrat, who has been the county's top lawman since 1999.
In Lincoln County, incumbent Sheriff Charlie Dougherty, a Democrat, is facing off against Wesley Scott Donovan.
Dougherty has been sheriff since 2010. His challenger, a Republican, is a former police chief in Carney and helped train police officers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In other races
Three other Oklahoma County races already have been decided: Carolynn Caudill, the incumbent county clerk, ran unopposed in her re-election bid; Brian Maughan, the incumbent District 2 commissioner, won re-election in a July primary; and Tim Rhodes, the current deputy county court clerk, won a runoff election in August to take over a vacant seat for county court clerk.
CONTRIBUTING: Zeke Campfield, staff writer