Citizens across Oklahoma have the chance to vote in Tuesday's runoff elections. Officials say a record-low turnout is possible. Such apathy would be a mistake, especially in the Oklahoma County court clerk's race.
We encourage voters of both parties to go to the polls. The races on the ballot are important; several will be decisive. Eight legislative races are going before voters, including five in the Oklahoma City area. Two House seats and two state Senate races will determine the ultimate winner.
In addition, major bond issues are being considered in some locations.
Important runoffs will be decided in the 2nd Congressional District, where incumbent Democrat Dan Boren is retiring. On the Republican side, businessman Markwayne Mullin is facing off with state Rep. George Faught. The winner of that runoff is favored to win in November, giving the Republicans a pick-up. On the Democratic side, prosecutor Rob Wallace and seed company owner Wayne Herriman are vying for their party's nomination.
The Oklahoma County court clerk's race will be decided in a Republican primary pitting current Chief Deputy Tim Rhodes against state Rep. Charles Key of Bethany. The Oklahoman endorses Rhodes because of his record of competent and conservative management of an important office.
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