A three-day filing period of candidates for Osage County District 1 County Commissioner has been set in early December, according to Andrea Conner, the county’s election board secretary.
Candidates would be seeking election to approximately two years of an unexpired term as the Commissioner for District 1 on the county’s three-member Board of Commissioners. The seat was vacated Aug. 1 by Bob Jackson, who retired after serving six years.
Jackson, 72, had represented District 1 on the county board since 2010.
Conner said a primary election (if required) would be held on Feb. 14, 2017. The general election would be on April 14, she said.
Candidates will be able to file from Dec. 3-7, Conner said.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin notified election officials late last month regarding the election dates. The governor was required to set the election date within 30 days of the seat having been vacated.
Jackson’s retirement came after 40 years employment as a county employee. The Democrat from Grainola was first appointed commissioner following the December 2009 death of Clarence Brantley, for whom Jackson had worked as District 1 roads supervisor. Jackson was elected to the District 1 post in 2010 and 2014.
In both of those elections, Jackson had been opposed by Pawhuska Republican Randall Jones — who also had previously challenged Brantley. Jones had been a District One employee for 25 years under Brantley prior to running against Brantley in the 2006 election.
A recount was needed to determine the outcome off the 2014 election, from which Jackson emerged as be the winner by 45 votes after Jones — on election night — appeared to have won by a 31-vote margin.
District 1 includes 12 of Osage County’s 28 voting precincts and includes both of the precincts in Pawhuska.
Jerry Howerton, an area resident who had been Jackson’s road supervisor, is currently serving as interim commissioner for District 1. He has expressed his intentions to run for the office.