Filing for the special election that will determine who will fill the Stephens County Commissioner seat for District 3 has ended with five candidates on the ballot for the Feb. 13 general election.
The winner of the election will fill Commissioner Dee Bowen’s seat. Bowen will be retiring after 26 years, and the winner will complete the remainder of his one-year term.
Terry Bishop, Tony Mitchell, Russell Morgan, Emzla Pitts and Andy H. Powers, all of Comanche and all Democrats, have had their declarations of candidacy accepted and will be on the ballot for the general election.
Bishop attended Central State College in Edmond for two years and is currently a rancher/farmer and a truck driver for Continental Drive Away. He’s been the Jefferson Co. Rural Water District 1 Chairman for eight years and has served on the board for over 30 years. Bishop is the president of Stephens County Livestock Growers, was a member of the Stephens County Fair Board for four years and is a member of the Farm Homes Association.
Mitchell graduated from Comanche High School in 1986 and has worked as a Foreman and Heavy Equipment Operator since 1987 where he received the 30 years of safety award. He was a member of the Stephens County Fair Board from 2009-2017. His wife Anita Earnhart is a mortgage lender.
Morgan graduated from Comanche High School and went on to attend Red River Vo-Tech as well as Cameron University. He is currently employed as an Equipment Operator for Stephens County. Morgan currently holds the position of president of the Stephens County Fair Board. In 1991, he won the Hawkins Ducks Unlimited Outstanding Service award and in 2014 received a Lifetime Service and Dedication Award from Comanche FFA. His wife Tonya (Fenimore) Morgan has worked for Comanche Public Schools since 1993 as payroll and personnel clerk.
Pitts graduated from Loco High School and attended Murray State College for two years and Southeastern Oklahoma State University for two years. He currently works as court security at the Federal Courthouse in Lawton, OK. Previously, he worked for the Ardmore Police Department from 1976-1980 before moving to Oklahoma Highway Patrol from 1980-2006. His wife, Tracey (Vickers) Pitts, has been the Stephens County Court Clerk since 2005.
Powers graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1985 with a B.S. in agricultural engineering. He works as a farmer and his wife Mitzi (Taylor) Powers works as a nurse for Angels Care Home Health.
Since all of the candidates are Democrats, there will be no primary and the results from the general election on Feb. 13 will determine who fills the seat to finish out the remainder of Bowen’s one year term. The filing date for the normal election will be in April with that election determining who will take on a new four-year term.
Candidates have until Friday at 5 p.m. to drop from the race.