Claremore Daily Progress

State/Nation

June 24, 2014

Incumbents turned out

Voters choose Ballard, Burrows and Carini; approve alcohol sales on Sunday and holidays

CLAREMORE —

Rogers County voters showed their displeasure Tuesday with incumbents as they showed them the door.
Ballard wins Republican DA nomination
In unofficial results, 12,517 voters cast ballots for the District 12 District Attorney race, which covers Rogers, Mayes and Craig counties.
Claremore City Attorney Matthew Ballard captured 61.1 percent of the vote in the Republican primary for District Attorney. 
Voters overwhelmingly voted for Ballard with 7,648 votes. Former Judge Erin Oquin finished second with 3,137 votes.
Steidley, who has been embroiled with area law enforcement, the subject of a grand jury petition that drew 7,700 signatures and was cleared last month of all by two of the claims by the state multicounty grand jury, finished third with 1,732 votes.
“We knew, knocking on doors, the voters were ready to change, ready for change and tonight the voters spoke,” Ballard said. 
“It is time for new leadership in District 12 and I look forward to the challenges ahead.” 
Ballard avoided a run-off and heads to the General  Election where he will face Democrat Robert Post, a Catoosa attorney and husband of District Judge Dynda Post.
Burrows defeats Commissioner Thacker
Incumbent Rogers County District 3 Commissioner Kirt Thacker was defeated by Ron Burrows in the Republican primary. Burrows drew 67.9 percent of the vote. Burrows received 2,312 votes while Thacker got 1,092.
“My faith in God and a lot of prayer has carried me through this amazing campaign process for Rogers County Commissioner.  I want to thank God for his many blessings, and my family for their support,” said Burrows.  “I had no idea how much work a campaign like this is and I just can’t thank everyone for their support.  I just believe that the people of Rogers County have demonstrated with their vote that they want change.  I believe I can make a difference and I will work hard as a public servant for the people of this county. I feel like I have good experience I can bring to the job.”

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