By Jeff Shultz
Races for two county offices will be decided on ballots later this year, according to the Garvin County Election Board, while two other county officers were not opposed during last week’s filing period.
After the dust settled last Friday, the final day for candidate filing, Garvin County Clerk Lori Fulks and County Court Clerk Laura Lee emerged victorious as they had no one file against them during the three-day filing period.
“I just want to thank the citizens of Garvin County for allowing me to serve as their County Clerk for the next four years,” Fulks said. “I believe the County Clerk’s office being unopposed is due to the awesome staff working in the office.”
Lee expressed the same sentiment.
“I would like to thank the citizens of Garvin County for allowing me to serve as your Garvin County Court Clerk. I am honored and blessed to work for a great community,” Lee said.
Meanwhile, contests for two other county offices will be decided by voters in June and November.
David Kennedy (D), of Elmore City, is seeking the Garvin County commissioner District 2 seat, currently held by Gary Ayres (R), also of Elmore City.
Ayres and Kennedy will bypass the primary election on June 30 and will face each other in the November General Election.
The June 30 primary election will have four Republican candidates vying for the County sheriff’s post. Lindsay’s Dan Deal, Shane Rich of Wynnewood and Tony Rust of Pauls Valley are challenging Garvin County Sheriff Jim Mullett.
In the state Senate races, District 13 incumbent Greg McCortney is being challenged by fellow Republican Carisa Roberson in the June 30 primary.
In the Senate District 43 race, Democrat Terri Reimer be on the November ballot facing off against the winner of the June 30 Republican primary between incumbent Paul Scott, Kaity Keith and Jessica Garvin.
There are several races in the state House.
In District 20, incumbent Sherrie Conley will face Steve Herburger in the Republican primary on June 30.
District 42 Representative Cindy Roe also drew a primary opponent as fellow Republican Nicole Stevens filed to challenge Roe.
Speaker of the House Charles McCall was unopposed in his bid for the House District 22 seat.
Tammy Townley, House District 48, also filed unopposed last week.