Last updated: August 26. 2014 9:48AM - 594 Views
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Polls will be open until 7 p.m. today for the Democratic primary runoff and a Rock Creek Schools bond election.

Democrats are picking a nominee to run against Republican U.S. Senate candidate James Lankford. State Sen. Connie Johnson, of Oklahoma City, and perennial candidate Jim Rogers, of Midwest City are seeking the U.S. Senate seat that came open when Tom Coburn said he would not complete a term set to expire in 2016.

Also on the ballot is a Democratic primary between John Cox and Freda Deskin for state schools superintendent. The winner faces Republican Joy Hofmeister in the fall. She defeated incumbent Janet Barresi in June.

Voters in the Rock Creek School District are voting on a $350,000 bond for the purchase of buses, an agriculture truck and a school vehicle.

Rock Creek Superintendent Preston Burns said he hopes to get at three new buses which can be used for school routes and activities.

“Our fleet is getting really old,” said Burns. He said the entire school of approximately 500 children will benefit from the new buses.

The agriculture truck and a school vehicle also need to be replaced, according to Burns, who said The agriculture. truck is used for transporting students, animals and equipment to agriculture and FFA competitions and events.

The school vehicle is used for transporting teachers and staff to out of town meetings, conferences and training as well as transporting small groups of students to events when a bus is not warranted.

“There’s just a tremendous need here,” said Burns.

By Burns’ estimates, the tax increase will be an approximate 63 cents for every $100 a person paid in property taxes last year.

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