An attorney who practices in Lawton and lives in Duncan joined the race to succeed retiring District Judge Joe Enos on Wednesday while a Republican filed for the Stephens County District 1 Commissioner post now held by Democrat Darrell Sparks.
The candidate declaration filing period continues through Friday.
On Wednesday, the first day to file for office, Ken Graham, 68, who practices law in Lawton, filed his candidacy for Office 2 of District 5, the District Judge position that will be vacated next year with the retirement of Joe Enos, who held associate and district judgeships for 32 years.
Graham lives in Duncan.
Associate Judge G. Brent Russell, 55, of Duncan, also filed his candidacy to succeed Enos on Wednesday. He announced his candidacy on Tuesday in The Duncan Banner.
Attorney Clinton D. Russell, 50, of Marlow, filed to run for the Stephens County associate judgeship that will be vacated by G. Brent Russell.
The judicial race filings were made at the Oklahoma State Election Board offices in Oklahoma City.
In Duncan, at the Stephens County Election Board, David McCarley, 53, of Marlow, announced his candidacy for District 1 County Commissioner in the Republican Primary.
The incumbent, Darrell Sparks, 61, a Democrat from Marlow, filed for re-election in his party’s primary.
Other Stephens County incumbents who filed for re-election in the Democratic Primary were Treasurer Janice Graham, 58, of Duncan, County Assessor Cathy Lynn Hokit, 69, of Duncan and District 3 County Commissioner Dee Bowen, 61, of Comanche.
District Attorney Jason Hicks, 44, of Marlow, filed for re-election in the Republican Primary.
Duncan area state legislators who filed for re-election in the Republican Primary were District 50 State Rep. Dennis Johnson, 60, of Duncan and District 51 State Rep. Scott R. Biggs, 34, of Chickasha.
In District 65, four Republicans and one Democrat filed candidacies to succeed State Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, who could not seek re-election due to term limits and is now running for governor.
The Republican primary candidates are Renae Sexton, Scott Hayes, Scooter Park and Stephen Mills.
The lone candidate to file for the Democratic primary is Toni Hasenbeck.