County Officials Seek Reelection as Republican Candidates | Local News

The four Pittsburg County elected officials who sought re-election during the first day of the nomination period changed their political party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.

District 1 County Commissioner Charlie Rogers and District 3 Commissioner Ross Selman are now Republican candidates seeking re-election to their respective offices.

County Treasurer Jennifer Hackler and County Assessor Michelle Fields also filed Republican nominations in their re-election bids.

All four were registered Democrats when they last ran in 2018, when they all won four-year terms.

Three other people, Glen Padgett Sr., Trent Myers and Logan Sanders also filed Republican nominations for the county commissioner seat for District 3 currently held by Selman. The seven candidates who had filed their candidacies at the Pittsburg County Board of Elections office as of 5 p.m. Monday were Republican candidates.

No candidate had yet filed as a Democrat, Independent or Libertarian on the Pittsburg County Board of Elections.

Meanwhile, at the Oklahoma State Board of Elections at the state Capitol, more local Republican candidates have filed.

District 18 District Attorney Chuck Sullivan is running as a Republican candidate for re-election to the district attorney’s office that covers Pittsburgh and Haskell counties.

McAlester’s attorney, Matthew Sheets, also ran as a Republican candidate for the district 18 district attorney’s seat.

Also in Oklahoma City, District 17 State Rep. Jim Grego, R-Wilburton, is seeking re-election for another two-year term.

District 18 State Representative David Smith, R-McAlester, has sought re-election.

District 15 State Rep. Randy Randleman, R-Eufaula, is seeking re-election. Angie Brinlee of Porum also ran as a Republican candidate for the State House District 15 seat.

District 7 state senator Warren Hamilton is not facing a re-election bid this year. With state senators serving four-year terms, senators from even-numbered constituencies will be elected in 2022, while those from odd-numbered constituencies will be elected in 2024.

A three-day application period began on Wednesday April 13 and runs until 5 p.m. on Friday April 15. Candidates for county office file at the Pittsburg County Board of Elections office in McAlester, while candidates for state office file at the Oklahoma State Board of Elections. Office in the State Capitol Building in Oklahoma City.

The primary election is set for June 28, followed by the primary election on August 23 and the general election on November 8.

Candidates have until 5 p.m. Friday to withdraw their candidacy or challenge an opponent’s candidacy.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.

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