Legislative races draw numerous filers

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com

The filing period for candidates for Oklahoma public offices closed at 5 p.m. Friday and one Hominy household will apparently have two candidates for the state Legislature.

State Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy, has filed to seek re-election in House District 36. Meanwhile, state Election Board records show his wife, Amber, will be a Republican candidate for the District 10 Oklahoma Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Eddie Fields of Wynona.

Both House District 36 and Senate District 10 drew multi-candidate fields of candidates.

In House District 36, five people filed for candidacy. Louise Red Corn, 59, of Pawhuska; Jared Lemmons, 28, of Pawhuska; J. Paul Ganzel, 49, of Hominy; Jordan Lauffer, 34, of Skiatook, and incumbent Sean Roberts, 44, of Hominy, are the candidates listed in the state Election Board materials available online at the close of the three-day filing period. All five have filed to run as Republicans.

In Senate District 10, three candidates have filed, all of them planning to run as Republicans. The candidates are Bill Coleman, 57, of Ponca City; Gary R. Lanham, 65, of Hominy; and Amber Roberts, 35, of Hominy.

In other state-office filing activity, state Sen. Eddie Fields, 51, of Wynona, filed Wednesday to run for lieutenant governor this year. He is one of seven candidates — four Republicans, two Democrats and an Independent — to file for the office. Fields is a Republican.

Meanwhile, attorney Gentner Drummond, 54, of Hominy, filed Wednesday to run for state attorney general. He filed as a Republican, as did incumbent Attorney General Mike Hunter, 61, of Edmond. Since Wednesday, two more candidates have filed to run for attorney general — another Republican and a Democrat.

Angela Bonilla, 41, of Glenpool, filed to run for attorney general as a Republican, while Mark Myles, 61, of Oklahoma City, filed to run as a Democrat.

In state judgeship filings, District Judge John Kane of Pawhuska is seeking re-election to the District 10, Office 1 seat as a district judge. State Election Board records show he has no opponent.

Also, Associate Judge Stuart L. Tate, 55, of Fairfax, filed to run for the associate district judge seat for Osage County. State Election Board records show he has no opponent.

For District Attorney in District 10, incumbent District Attorney Rex Duncan, 56, of Sand Springs, and his former assistant D.A. Mike Fisher, 60, of Skiatook, both filed Wednesday to run as Republicans. Since then, Bob D. Buchanan, 58, of Pawnee, has filed to run for the position as an independent.

In Osage County-level filings, three people employed by the County Assessor’s Office have filed to run for the position. Running as Republicans are Ed Quinton Jr. and Natasha Yancey, both of Pawhuska. Filing as a Democrat was Lisa Traylor, of Pawhuska.

Incumbent county treasurer Sally Hulse is seeking re-election to her post. She filed as a Democrat. She has no opponent.

Also, incumbent District 3 county commissioner Darren McKinney filed Wednesday to seek re-election. He has no opponent, and he is running as a Democrat.

In District 1, incumbent Jerry Howerton filed to seek re-election as a Democrat. Two other candidates filed to run as Republicans. They were Randall Jones and Jeff Clymer, according to the Osage County Election Board.

On Monday, April 16, Clymer withdrew his name, the Election Board said.