The Norman Transcript

April 10, 2014

Norman residents among those seeking to run for county, state offices in first day of filing

By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Filing for county and state offices started Wednesday and continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Friday.

A handful of Democrats and a trickle of Independents vye with a field heavy-laden with Republican candidates. There are few surprises so far, but some of the new names on the local political slate are Norman residents, including unexpected challenger, Tae Si, to U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, and Erick Paul Wyatt, who will try to unseat U.S. Sen. James Inhofe.

The hottest seat in the county so far is District 3 Cleveland County commissioner — an open seat since embattled Commissioner Rusty Sullivan declined to run for re-election.

Four candidates are crowding the District 3 commissioner slot on the Republican primary side of the ballot. If a primary runoff is needed, it will be decided on Aug. 26. General elections will be Nov. 4. A few Democrats have indicated interest in the seat, but none filed Monday.

Candidates for state offices file with the State Election Board in Oklahoma City, while candidates for Cleveland County offices file at the county election board, 641 E. Robinson St.

Filing so far in offices that serve Cleveland County residents are:

· U.S. senator — Jim Inhofe, 79, R-Tulsa; D. Jean McBride-Samuels, 59, R-Jenks; Erick Paul Wyatt, 35, R-Norman; Ray Woods, 78, I-Fairview

· U.S. senator (Dr. Tom Coburns unexpired term) — Connie Johnson, 61, D-Oklahoma City; Jason Weger, 31, R-Norman; Kevin Crow, 46, R-Chickasha; Eric C. McCray, 33, R-Tulsa

· U.S. representative District 4 — Tae Si, 27, D-Norman; Tom Cole, 64, R-Moore

· Governor — Joe Dorman, 43, D-Rush Springs; Mary Fallin, 59, R-Oklahoma City; Richard Prawdzienski, 66, I-Edmond

· Lieutenant governor — Cathy Cummings, 52, D-Oklahoma City; Todd Lamb, 42, R-Oklahoma City

· State auditor and inspector — Gary A. Jones, 59, R-Cache

· Attorney general — Scott Pruitt, 45, R-Tulsa

· State treasurer — Ken Miller, 47, R-Edmond

· Superintendent of public instruction — Jack C. Herron Jr., 68, D-Norman; John Cox, 50, D-Hulbert; Janet Costello Barresi, 62, R-Oklahoma City; Joy Hofmeister, 49, R-Tulsa

· Commissioner of labor — Mark Costello, 58, R-Edmond

· Insurance commissioner — John Doak, 51, R-Tulsa

· Corporation commissioner — Cliff Branan, 52, R-Oklahoma City

· District judge, District 21 (nonpartisan races) Office 1 — Tracy Schumacher, 44, Norman; Office 2 — Greg Dixon, 47, Purcell; Office 3 — Thad Balkman, 42, Norman; Office 4 — Lori M. Walkley, 49, Norman; Office 5 — Jeff Virgin, 32, Norman, and Steve Stice, 44, Norman

· Associate district judge (nonpartisan), Cleveland County — Stephen Bonner, 69, Norman

· Associate district judge, McClain County, — Charles N. Gray, 59, Purcell

· Associate district judge, Garvin County, — Kristin R. Jarman, 33, Hennepin, and Steve Kendall, 47, Pauls Valley

· District attorney, District 21 — Greg Mashburn, 42, R-Norman

· State senator, District 16 — John Sparks, 45, D-Norman

· State senator, District 24 — Anthony Sykes, 41, R-Moore

· State representative, District 20 — Bobby Cleveland, 70, R-Slaughterville; Joni Johnson, 67, D-Lexington

· State representative District 27 — Josh Cockroft, 25, R-Wanette; Lani Habrock, 28, R-Tecumseh

· State representative, District 44 — Emily Virgin, 27, D-Norman

· State representative, District 45 — Claudia Griffith, 63, D-Norman; Aaron Stiles, 34, R-Norman

· State representative, District 46 — Scott Martin, 42, R-Norman

· State representative, District 53 — Mark McBride, 53, R-Moore

· State representative, District 54 — Paul Wesselhoft, 66, R-Moore

· County assessor — David Tinsley, R-Norman

· County treasurer — Jim Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City

· County commissioner, District 1 — Rod Cleveland, R-Norman

· County commissioner, District 3 — Daryl Covey, 62, R-Lexington; Mike Reynolds, 63, R-Oklahoma City; Blaine Nice, 55, R-Norman; Harold Haralson, 59, R-Norman

Joy Hampton

366-3544

jhampton@

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