3-day filing period for candidates ends Friday

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Election activity in Osage County and all around the state began at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, when an official three-day filing period opened for candidates, according to the Secretary of the Osage County Election Board, Andrea Conner.

Filing continued until 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Candidates also will be filing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

Conner said four Osage County offices are scheduled to be filled this year: Court Clerk, Sheriff, County Clerk and District 2 Commissioner.

Osage County Sheriff Ty Koch revealed in February that he intends to retire when his current term concludes at the end of this year. Koch, a Fairfax Democrat, has been a member of the Osage County Sheriff’s Office for the past 27 years and has served as sheriff since 2005.

Two candidates — Charlie Cartwright and Eddie Virden — have announced their intentions to seek the position of sheriff. Virden is a 28-year veteran of area law enforcement organizations and a former Osage County investigator. Cartwright is the current OCSO Chief Deputy and Lead Investigator.

Incumbent candidates for the other three Osage County offices include County Clerk Shelia Bellamy, Court Clerk Jennifer Burd and District Two Commissioner Scott Hilton.

Candidates for the four county offices will be filing at the Osage County Election Board Office, 630 Kihekah Ave., in downtown Pawhuska. A nonrefundable fee of $200 is to be paid by candidates at the time they file for the county offices.

Candidates for statewide offices are required to file with the Secretary of the State Election Board in Oklahoma City.

For more election-related information, call the Osage County Election Board at 918-287-3036 or visit