The Duncan Banner
At the end of the month, Peggy Winton will officially retire from the Stephens County Election Board, and Angie Dunagan will become the new county Election Board secretary.
Dunagan was one of four incoming election board secretaries appointed recently by Sen. Corey Brooks. Dunagan, who previously worked in the Stephens County Sheriff’s Department, has been in the Stephens County Election Board office since Nov. 27, 2012, and has had several opportunities to work elections.
“Peggy’s got little feet, but big shoes to fill,” Dunagan said about the Stephens County Election Board secretary position.
Brooks said his selection for the new board secretary came from recommendations from his fellow Oklahoma Senators, Oklahoma House of Representatives members and Winton. He said the Senators, Representatives and county board secretaries were the three sources he based all his recommendations on.
He said experience also was a factor in choosing board secretaries.
“It’s an important process,” Brooks said. “I never make a wash on anything. I look to see who’s the best person for the job.”
Although Winton is retiring from the Stephens County Election Board office, Dunagan said she will be welcomed to come back and visit. Dunagan knows that she may be calling Winton for answers to various Election Board questions for a while.
But she’s already received encouragement from Winton to do that. She said she will also rely on some help from the Oklahoma State Election Board.
“We’re going to be just fine,” Dunagan said.
Dunagan’s first election has not officially been set, but she knows there’s the potential for an election in November. She said her time in the Stephens County Election Board office has given her the experience she needs to do a good job in the position.
And having Winton as a mentor has made her even more suited for the position, Dunagan said.
“I love it,” Dunagan said. “I’ve always loved Peggy. I’m happy she finally gets to retire.”