Incumbents carry the day with county voters
Janet Barresi lone exception to the rule as state superintendent loses chance to move forward against Democratic challengers
By Traci Chapman
Two Canadian County incumbents will return to their seats without the need for a runoff.
District 3 Commissioner Jack Stewart took 56 percent of the vote – 1,989 out of 3,553 ballots cast. Challengers Rick Opitz and Daniel Pugh received 831 and 733 votes respectively.
Treasurer Carolyn Leck defeated accountant Kimberly Rhodes. Leck received 6,996 votes to 4,210 ballots cast for Rhodes. Leck’s tally was 62.4 percent, according to Canadian County Election Board records.
In District 1, five Republican candidates fought for the seat which will be vacated by longtime Commissioner Phil Carson, who did not seek re-election. Marc Hader and Wesley Higgins will go head-to-head in an Aug. 26 runoff election after receiving the most votes. Hader received 37.5 percent of the total ballots cast – 1,588 of them – while Higgins was chosen by 924 voters, 21.8 percent of the vote. Kevin Hopkins, Clifford Lawson and Scott Deatherage will not go on to the runoff. Hopkins received 657 votes, Lawson 510 ballots and 557 voters chose Deatherage. The victor in the runoff will face Democrat Bobby Williamson.
Incumbents across the board won their party race outright, at least in Canadian County, with one exception. State Superintendent Janet Barresi not only lost the primary, she received the lowest number of votes cast by Canadian County voters in that race. Barresi received 20.5 percent – or 2,448 votes – in her re-election bid. She was outpaced by Brian Kelly, who received 2,944 votes. Joy Hofmeister was selected by 6,523 voters, with a total percent of 54.7 percent of the county vote.
See full election results in our Thursday edition and on www.mustangnews.info.