Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

February 14, 2013

School runoff vote still needed

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — One election this week wasn’t enough for a school district in Garvin County as a runoff vote will be needed later.

Two candidates for a seat on the Wynnewood Board of Education both fell just short of winning outright during an election Tuesday that included three school districts in the county.

Among the three candidates vying for a five-year school board post in Wynnewood were Terry Brown and Donnie Rollings.

Brown finished the election with 159 votes, or 47 percent of the vote, while Rollings collected 156 votes, which is 46.2 percent.

Finishing a distant third was A. John Geiger, who had 23 votes (6.8 percent).

With neither Brown or Rollings garnering more than 50 percent of the votes cast, both are now headed for a runoff election on April 2.

The deadline to register to vote in the runoff, along with a series of municipal elections, is March 8.

Pat LaMascus did claim a three-year unexpired term on the Wynnewood board as she defeated Brittany Pittman by a 186-149 count. LaMascus finished with 55.5 percent of the votes.

Voter turnout was even lighter on a cold, rainy election day for board races in the Elmore City-Pernell and Maysville school districts.

Winning by the slimmest of margins, three votes to be exact, was Joe D. Lewis who claimed a full term on the ECP school board.

Lewis had 62 votes, or 51.2 percent, compared to 59 for Derrick J. Tadlock (48.8 percent).

A three-year unexpired term in Maysville went to Cindy White, who received 60 votes, or 58.8 percent. A total of 42 votes went to Tyler Dean (41.2 percent).

Coming up for voters in Lindsay is an election on March 5. A total of five candidates have filed for four posts on the city council there.

Along with Wynnewood’s school board runoff vote, a number of municipal elections will also be held on April 2.

Among them will be Pauls Valley Mayor Tim Gamble being opposed by Patrick Grimmett for one office on the local city council.

Another race pits current Councilman Hal Blevins against challengers Jeff Paine and Zachary Brumley.

Municipal races are also lined up for Elmore City and Stratford voters.