Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

May 10, 2013

Runoff ballots can be early

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — With a Pauls Valley city council runoff election now only days away voters are reminded they can still mark their ballots a little early.

On the ballot for the election on Tuesday, May 14 are two names, Hal Blevins and Zac Brumley.

Blevins is going for another four-year term on the local city council, while Brumley is challenging to break through and take the council seat held by Blevins since 2009.

The early ballots will come in the form of in-person absentee voting available to registered voters in Pauls Valley starting this week.

Specifically the in-person voting will be offered from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on two days — Friday, May 10 and Monday, May 13.

Both days of the early voting will again be at the offices of the Garvin County Election Board located in the county courthouse in Pauls Valley.

Election Board Secretary Doylene Cunningham said these are the remaining early voting opportunities as the deadline to request mailed absentee ballots passed earlier this week.

Blevins and Brumley are squaring off again after they were the top vote-getters out of the three candidates running in the primary election early last month.

In that election Blevins finished with the most votes followed by Brumley and Jeff Paine, who came in third place dropping him out of the race.

The same election also resulted in longtime mayor and council member, Tim Gamble, losing to challenger Patrick Grimmett.

Gamble had served on the local council for 12 years, which is three full terms.

Grimmett is expected to be sworn into office during a regular council meeting now scheduled for Tuesday’s election night.

During next week’s election all precincts in Pauls Valley will be open on Tuesday, along with one in Lindsay due to a school vote in Alex.

In other election news a special vote will be needed this summer after Stratford’s mayor, John Jolley, recently resigned from the position.

A special election has been scheduled for July 9 to find a replacement for Jolley on Stratford’s town council.

The filing period for the Ward 5 trustee office is now set for May 20-22 at the Election Board office.

The council seat now up for grabs includes a two-year term ending in 2015.