County maintains red status in Tuesday voting
Sequoyah County maintained its red status Tuesday night as unofficial election results in the top three hotly contested races saw Republican candidates take victories for State Senator District 4, State Representative Districts 2 and 15.
In unofficial results, Republican Jim Olsen outdistanced Democrat Tom Stites by a margin of 552 votes with 5,167 votes, or 52.82 percent of the vote, to Stites' 4,615 votes at 47.18 percent.
It was a race that saw the lead change on several occasions throughout the night but with 21 of 21 precincts in, Olsen came out on top.
“I have to give credit to my opponent. He worked very, very hard to win the office and work for the people of this county,” Olsen said. “I was blessed with a good campaign team, family, community and church. The help of the Lord helped push me over for the win. I will be learning to do the job and do it well to serve the people of our state.”
With 48 of 48 precincts reporting in District 4, incumbent Sen. Mark Allen hung on to his office for another term, defeating Eddie Martin by a district-wide vote of 13,165, or 63.11 percent, to 7,964, or 36.89 percent.
Sequoyah County voters favored Allen by a vote of 6,949 to Martin's 4,484, while LeFlore County voters approved Allen 6,216 to Martin's 3,212.
“We ran a good race, and I'm proud of everyone who supported me. Thanks to my wife for sticking with me for another term,” Allen said. “With the reforms we started the last four years, I think we're turning around. Hope to get Oklahoma on stable ground on funding. We've got a whole lot happening here with the VA center...I see a lot of good things happening.”
In the District 15 State Representative race, Republican Randy Randleman defeated Democrat Judy Ross Moore by 6,980 votes, or 65.54 percent, to 3,670, or 34.46 percent. That was the talley after 30 of 30 precincts reported for the entire district.
Sequoyah County voters favored Randleman over Moore by a vote of 1,044, or 61.74 percent to 647, or 38.26 percent.
Randleman was not available for comment at press time.
Statewide election results were not completed by press time. In a followup story in the Friday edition of Your TIMES, will show the results for the statewide elections and how Sequoyah County voters compared.
Also, Your TIMES will publish a precinct-by-precinct result of how the county voted.