Early voting began Friday and continues Monday in Bryan County for Tuesday’s Primary Run-off Elections. Locally this year, with the announcement of U.S. Congressman Dan Boren’s and Bryan County Sheriff Bill Sturch’s retirement, this election season has featured two open seats being contested by a number of candidates. Come Tuesday, Democratic voters will decide which of these remaining candidates will appear on the ballot in November’s General Election.
The Bryan County Democratic Central Committee and the Bryan County Federation of Democratic Women will feature an event Monday evening hosting both Democratic Congressional candidates: Rob Wallace and Wayne Herriman; as well as local Democratic Sheriff’s candidates: Ken Golden and John Bates. The evening’s event will kick off at 6 p.m. Monday at the First Christian Church’s Nan Berry Hall here in Durant at 301 N. 3rd. In addition to the speakers, a bean and cornbread supper will be served. The event is free and open to the public, though donations will gladly be accepted.
Rob Wallace is a former prosecutor that served in the District Attorney’s office in LeFlore and Latimer counties and later served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern district of Oklahoma where he earned a reputation as a tough prosecutor who cracked down on meth traffickers and sex offenders, and won death penalty cases. Wayne Herriman is a successful small-business owner from Muskogee; he’s a member of the Farm Bureau and past president of the Oklahoma Crop Improvement Association. Both men are active members in their local Church of Christ. In an increasingly heated campaign, the opportunity to see these two on the same stage has been few and far between this election cycle and local Democrats say they are honored the candidates chose to visit Durant on the eve of Tuesday’s election.
Also in attendance will be several other local candidates appearing on the November ballot: Mayor Jerry Tomlinson, who is running for the local State Representative House seat as well as Tammy Reynolds who is seeking re-election as County Clerk.
In addition to candidate’s speeches, time will be allotted for the local Sheriff’s candidates to take questions from the audience regarding their plans if elected Sheriff. As citizens of Bryan County you are invited to come out and take this opportunity to make your voices and concerns heard. Both Ken Golden and John Bates have devoted their lives and careers to the safety of our community and families and look forward to continuing in that same service.