Relief was the main thing Tommy Roedell felt when he learned he had been elected as the new Woodward County District No. 1 commissioner.
Roedell won almost 60 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s runoff election, flipping the results of the July 28 primary and beating Jeff McIntosh. He will replace Ralph Triplett, who is retiring at the end of the year after serving as county commissioner for 22 years.
“Of course it is a relief; there’s a lot of anticipation all day and before that,” Roedell told The News in an interview Wednesday morning.
“As a candidate, it kind of puts your life on hold for a while, because elections are unpredictable,” he said, noting “It’s a good thing however it goes, just to know so you can go on with your life and start planning for things.”
Roedell’s plans for his new position are “to see that we’re spending the money the county receives as good as we can for the good of the county.”
“Everybody wants to make improvements, but we need to justify and prioritize those projects,” he said. “Because we can only spend what we take in.”
Overall, Roedell said he plans “to make the best judgments I can and to be open to the public for their input.”
Roedell said he ran for the office because he believes everyone should “do their duty and get involved.”
His philosophy is “If you’re capable and able, then you need to run for office.”
Roedell said he is grateful for all his supporters who are now allowing him to do his part.
“I just want to do my best to perform they way they expect me to,” he said.
In addition, he said, “I’m looking forward very much to working with the people at the courthouse.”
“I think everybody there works together as a team for the common good of the county,” Roedell said, noting “I feel privileged to be a part of that.”
As he waited at the County Election Board Offices Tuesday night to see the outcome, Sheriff Gary Stanley said he welcomed Roedell as a new county teammate.
“I sure hate to see Ralph (Triplett) leave,” Stanley said, but went on to note, “I’m hoping Roedell will be good to work with; he seems like a personable guy.”