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June 25, 2012

Voters go to polls for primary election

CLAREMORE — Local candidates prepare to face off as Tuesday’s election is fast approaching. 

The event that is likely to rival any “Super Tuesday” in Rogers County will decide a number of races including the Rogers County Sheriff’s race.
Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton and his challenger Cole Butler both bring many years experience with the Tulsa Police Department to the office.
Election board officials are working to prepare for the anticipated number of voters.
Record-breaking registration changes have occurred in Rogers County during this election season, according to Julie Dermody, Election Board Secretary.
From January 1 to April 1, 512 voters switched their party registration.
An increase in participation is to be expected due to the number of the races being determined on the Republican ballot.
For the first time in history the Democrat ballot will not include candidates for Rogers County Sheriff and Rogers County Clerk.
The candidates for county clerk, Kit Kelley and Robin Anderson are both current employees of Rogers County.
Kelley currently works in the County Clerks office and Anderson works as the Rogers County FEMA officer.
Republican voters of Rogers County Commissioner District 2 will be deciding if Mike Helm or Troy Wilstead will win the office.
Republicans in portions of Rogers County will also be voting to determine the next State Representative for District 23. 
Jason Carini, Terry O’Donnell and Rob Reck are running for the office.
In addition to the state representative race voters across Rogers County Republicans will decide if the current Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony will receive his fifth consecutive term or if his GOP competitor Brooks Mitchell will unseat him.
Rogers County residents will have an opportunity to vote on Proposition 2012-1.
The sales tax proposition is expected to bring more voters to the polls, as citizens will decide if the recent $22.1 million judgment against Rogers County will be paid through a 1/3 percent sales tax increase.

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