Lane garners landslide win to retain sheriff’s seat
Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane received an overwhelmingly amount of the votes cast in Tuesday’s Primary Election to retain his seat for the next four years.
Lane, who drew two (fellow republican) contenders, Eric M. Cope and former sheriff Ron Lockhart, received a total of 2,953 votes or 82.42 percent of the 3,583 votes cast in Tuesday night’s primary. Lockhart received 520 votes (14.51 percent) and Cope received 110 (3.07 percent).
Since there were no democrat candidates vying for the sheriff’s seat, Lane will continue his job as the sheriff of Sequoyah County once election results become official, the Sequoyah County Election Board reported.
In the County Court Clerk race, Republican Gina Cox defeated Shaloa Dean Edwards with 71.33 percent or 2,463 votes cast in her favor over Edwards’ 990 votes or 28.67 percent.
Cox will face democrat incumbent Vicki Beaty in the Nov. 3 general election.
Other election results are as follows:
County Commissioner District 2-Jay Alred- 221, Mike Cobb-308, Beau Burlison-697;
State Representative for District 15-Randy Randleman 448, Angie Brinlee-137;
State Question No. 802-Yes 2,767, No-3,672
Belfonte Public School Board Member-Office No. 3-Lawana Turner 140, Cecilia Muskrat-24; and
Vian Public Schools Board Member-Office No. 5-James Thornton 574, Mike Cobb 447.
Sequoyah County Election Board Secretary Cindy Osburn said election results will not be official until certified by the election board on Friday.
“It was a pretty good turnout,” Osburn said.
“The only negative part about it was some people could not vote because they were not registered or maybe there might have been changes that occurred to remove their name. I hope they will get things straightened out before the general election. They still have time,” she said.
“If people want to change parties, although it won’t matter in the general election, the change in a party affiliation won’t go into effect until Sept. 1,” she said.
Your TIMES will have other election results and a complete story about the 2020 Primary Election in Friday’s issue.