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April 6, 2014

Filing period for state, federal offices opens Wednesday

DUNCAN — The filing period for political candidates to seek state and federal offices opens Wednesday.

Stephens County voters will elect an assessor, treasurer and district 1 and 3 commissioners. Candidates for those offices will file at the county election board.

Candidates for district attorney, district judge and associate district judges must file with the Oklahoma State Election Board in Oklahoma City.

District Judge Joe Enos has announced he will retire when his term ends in January.

The filing will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

Other races on the ballot include most statewide offices, including governor and lieutenant governor, all five of Oklahoma’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and both of the state’s U.S. Senate seats, a rare occurrence.

In addition to the regular six-year U.S. Senate term that was already scheduled to be on the 2014 ballot, the two-year unexpired term for the seat now held by Sen. Tom Coburn will also be up for election. Coburn is resigning.

All State House of Representatives seats are also on the ballot, along with even-numbered State Senate seats and the unexpired term for State Senate District 5.

In Duncan, Stephens County Election Board Secretary Angela Dunagan on Friday certified the vote total from the Duncan City Council race and the half-cent sales tax extension, she said Saturday.

There were no changes in the totals announced after the votes were counted on Tuesday night, she said.

Incumbent 2nd Ward Councilman Mike Nelson was re-elected with 46.2 percent of the 2,899 votes cast. Challengers Chris Schreckengost received 32.9 percent of the vote and Bill Schneekloth received 20.9 percent.

  Voters approved a five-year extension of the half-cent sales tax with 70.9 percent of the 2,972 votes cast.

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