Four put names forward for Dist. 2 commissioner

Robert Smith

Four people filed last week to run this year for the District 2 seat on the Osage County Board of County Commissioners, according to the county Election Board. Incumbent District 2 Commissioner Kevin Paslay, of Skiatook, was not among the filers.

Filers had until 5 p.m. Tuesday to withdraw their declarations of candidacy, the Election Board said.

Persons filing to run for the District 2 seat included Steve Talburt of Skiatook and Tom Teel of Sperry, both filing as Republicans; and Joe Williams of Tulsa and Scott Hilton of Skiatook, both filing as Democrats. Talburt has been working as an investigator for the Osage County Sheriff’s Office. Teel is a former District 2 employee, who was charged in March in Osage County District Court with two counts of embezzlement by employee. Hilton is a former District 2 commissioner. Paslay, who was charged in March in Osage County District Court with a single count of bid rigging, defeated Hilton nearly four years ago.

Persons filing to run for Osage County Sheriff included incumbent Sheriff Eddie Virden and Rocky Davis of Hominy. Both filed to run as Republicans.

The positions of County Clerk and County Court Clerk drew only one candidate apiece, according to the Election Board.

Jennifer Burd will be running unopposed for re-election as County Court Clerk.

Shelia Bellamy, the incumbent County Clerk, is retiring and Robin Slack is the only candidate who filed to run for the office. Bellamy introduced Slack to the current county commissioners Monday, during their meeting at the Ag Building at the Osage County Fairgrounds. Slack is the daughter of County Treasurer Sally Hulse.

“I’ve known her since she was a baby,” Bellamy said of Slack.