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April 11, 2014

Day one busy for office filings

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — The first day of a filing period this week proved busy with many incumbents signing up for another term, including all four here in Garvin County.

The three-day filings, which got underway Wednesday all across the state, are set to continue through 5 p.m. Friday, April 11.

Some of the races emerging from the filings will be contested during the primary vote on June 24 with a runoff date scheduled for Aug. 26.

Other races will come during his year’s general election on Nov. 4.

The four incumbents holding the Garvin County offices included in these filings were quick to get their names signed up to run for new four-year terms.

First up was District 3 County Commissioner Johnny Mann of Stratford, who filed literally one minute after the filing period opened at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Next was county Treasurer Sandy Goggans, who filed at a listed time of 8:08 a.m.

Filing at 8:11 a.m. was county Assessor Beverly Strickland of Pauls Valley.

Then came District 1 County Commissioner Stan Spivey of Lindsay.

Later in the day Mike DeArman of Paoli filed as a candidate for the District 3 county commissioner office.

All five are listed as Democrats.

As of late Wednesday afternoon it was a mixed bag for other offices with Garvin County ties.

District Judge Greg Dixon was the only person filing for the District 21, Office 2 seat he currently holds.

District 21 District Attorney Greg Mashburn was also unopposed during the early portion of the filing period.

A race is developing for Associate District Judge Steve Kendall, who was appointed to the Garvin County office last fall.

Local attorney Kristin Jarman filed to oppose Kendall for the full four-year term.

The filings for other offices of note included U.S. Senator as incumbent Jim Inhofe and challenger D. Jean McBride-Samuels filed on the Republican ticket.

Three candidates for the other Oklahoma Senate office filed for the unexpired term of the retired Tom Coburn.

District 4 U.S. Rep. Tom Cole filed, along with Tae Si of Norman on the Democrat side.

The first filings for Oklahoma governor included incumbent Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma City; Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs; and Richard Prawdzienski as an independent.

The early filings for state superintendent of public instruction were incumbent Janet Barresi, R-Oklahoma City, and Democrat challengers Jack Herron Jr. of Norman and John Cox of Hulbert.

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