Incumbents carry county races

election 2014

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.

Jack Stewart

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.

Carolyn Leck

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 – 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 in November.

Incumbents across the board won their party races outright, with one exception. State Superintendent Janet Barresi not only lost the primary, she received the lowest number of votes cast by Republican voters across the state. Earning 55,015 ballots, Barresi captured 21 percent of the vote. Brian Kelly was selected by 56,014 voters, and 151,012 ballots were cast for Joy Hofmeister. Hofmeister will face in the general election the winner of a Democratic runoff between John Cox and Freda Deskin. Cox received 41 percent of Democrats’ votes – a total of 68,833 – while Deskin came in at 38.2 percent with 64,077 ballots cast in her favor.

Other victors in races involving Canadian County voters were:

Governor

Republican – Mary Fallin

Insurance Commissioner

Republican – John Doak

Corporation Commissioner

Republican – Todd Hiett

U.S. Senate

Republican – James Inhofe

U.S. Senate

Republican – James Lankford

Democrat – Connie Johnson

U.S. House District 3

Republican – Frank Lucas

U.S. House District 4

Republican – Tom Cole

Democrat – Bert Smith

State Senate District 22

Republican – Stephanie Bice (will face Mark Thomas in August runoff)

State House District 41

Republican – John Enns

State House District 43

Republican – John Paul Jordan (will face Jonathan Clour in August runoff)