The Norman Transcript


May 27, 2014

Republicans will choose between four candidates for commissioner



Commissioners also serve on the county budget board, along with other elected county officials, to oversee how county dollars are spent.

District 3 runs along the western border of Cleveland County and includes Lexington, Noble and Slaughterville. It also goes through Norman to south Oklahoma City.

Republican candidates on the June 24 ballot for county commissioner are:

· Daryl Covey, 62, R-Lexington:

Covey is the founding chairman of the Cedar Country Fire Protection District, which provides emergency responses in eastern Cleveland County and Cleveland County Rural Water District No. 1.

He served in both capacities for more than 10 years and represented Cleveland County in the development of the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan.

Covey retired from the National Weather Center Norman after 38 years as a meteorologist and manager. His federal career included founding and managing the NEXRAD Hotline. He is a graduate of the universities of Oklahoma and Wisconsin and the Federal Executive Institute and is author of the book “Government Customer Service Standards.”

Covey is a native Oklahoman, an active member of the Pride of Oklahoma Alumni Marching Band and founder of a professional community of people in government sharing best practices in service delivery.

While raising his family in Cleveland County, he served as a volunteer firefighter, neighborhood association volunteer, school volunteer, academic tutor, Scout leader and church orchestra musician.

· Harold Haralson, 59, R-Norman:

A local physician and former Norman mayor, Haralson has practiced family and emergency medicine in Cleveland County for nearly 30 years. He’s a U.S. Navy veteran and served as Norman mayor from 2004-2007. A conservative, Haralson served as the chairman of the Cleveland County Republican party last year.

An Eagle Scout growing up, he graduated with a B.S. from the University of Oklahoma and attended OU Medical School. Haralson is a volunteer adjunct professor at the OU College of Nursing and director of Emergency Medical Services with the Noble Fire Department.

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