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June 21, 2014

Decision time for voters

District Attorney, District Judge contests top ballot locally

Woodward, Okla. — Republicans will do much of the heavy lifting in Tuesday’s statewide primary - especially when it comes to the Woodward area.

The top races locally include the District 26 District Attorney’s contest between Chris Boring and Danny Lohmann.

Boring currently is an assistant District Attorney under DA Hollis Thorp, who is retiring.

Lohmann at one time worked in District 26 as an assistant District Attorney.

Both are Republicans and since no Democrat filed, the winner of the primary will become the next district attorney.

Oklahoma is a closed primary state so only Republicans will decide who becomes the district attorney.

The District 26 DA covers Woodward, Alfalfa, Dewey, Major and Woods counties.

The other race that has drawn a lot of interest is for District Judge for the Fourth District Court, where Ray Dean Linder is retiring.

Three area attorneys are vying for the judgeship including Mike Stake, Justin Eilers and Jeremy Bays.

Stake has practiced 34 years and at various times has served as municipal judge for Beaver and Seiling.

Eilers began his private practice in 2007 and as also served as the municipal judge in Woodward. He has also served as an assistant district attorney in Dewey County.

Bays has practiced 14 years in the Alva area. He also served as a city judge for Waynoka.

The Fourth Judicial District serves Woods, Alfalfa, Major, Dewey and Woodward counties.

 Since the judicial race is non-partisan, all registered voters will be able to cast a ballot. If one of the three receives over 50 percent of the vote, he will take the office. If nobody receives over 50 percent, then the top two finishers will be on the ballot in the November general election.

Republicans will also make a decision on the open District 61 House Seat where Gus Blackwell is term-limited.

Five Republicans are running for the seat, which represents the Panhandle area, Harper County and Fort Supply in Woodward County. Running are Larry H. Swager, Casey Murdock, David Elder, Steve Moore and Kenny Bob Tabb.

Also on the ballot are two United States Senate races - the one drawing the most attention is the Republican race for Sen. Tom Coburn’s unexpired turn. James Lankford and T. W. Shannon are the favorites and Randy Brogdon has drawn some support.

The other state race that has everyone interested is for State Superintendent of Public Instruction where incumbent Janet Barresi is facing a big challenge from Joy Hofmeister. Both are Republicans.

A corporation commissioner will be decided in the primary as only Republicans Cliff Branan and Todd Hiett filed.

U. S. Rep. Frank Lucas will also be on the ballot as he faces two primary challengers.

Democrats have only two races in the primary - for one of the US Senate seats and for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Polls will be open across the area from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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