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May 27, 2014

Republicans will choose between four candidates for commissioner

NORMAN — Republicans will have a broad field to choose from in the June 24 primary, and that includes the District 3 Cleveland County commissioner’s race.

Collectively, the Board of County Commissioners acts as the chief administrative body of the county.

While it’s too late for registered voters to change party affiliation, voters have until the end of the week to get registered or to update name or address changes before the June 24 primary election.

County officials, as well as many state and federal offices, will be on the primary ballot. In some cases, the primary will be the deciding election.

Additionally, Norman’s Ward 2 residents will vote on city council candidates Aleisha Karjala and Clint Williams.

Oklahoma residents who are U.S. citizens and are at least 18 years old may register.

Registration application forms are available at the County Election Board office, 641 E. Robinson St., and at all tag agencies, post offices and public libraries in the county. Applications also are available at clevelandcountyelectionboard.com.

You may register by mail or in person at the election board office through 5 p.m. Friday. Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than midnight Friday to qualify to vote June 24.

Four Republican candidates for the open District 3 Cleveland County commissioner seat will face off in the June 24 election. If needed, a primary runoff election will be Aug. 26.

The winner of the Republican nomination will take on lone Democrat, Cal Hobson, 69. Hobson served first in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and then in the Oklahoma Senate. He left the legislature in 2007 because of term limits.

County commissioners are responsible for maintaining and constructing county roads and bridges, but they also set and administer policy for the county.

Commissioners buy and sell public land and facilities, implement economic development, approve or reject bids on major purchases, develop personnel policy and authorize and maintain inventory of county property.

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