Election time is upon us, and while between now and the general election in November we will be bombarded with candidates and their campaigns to sway public opinion, seldom do voters get the chance they will have come Monday night at the Bryan County Fairgrounds.
Amid all the rhetoric and partisanship of modern American political debate, too often many voters decide to simply tune out the relentless marketing of campaigns and politicians attempting to get their attention. On Monday night, however, the politics will get very local. Voters will have the opportunity to hear from a slate of candidates ranging from those that seek to represent us in the marbled halls of our nation’s capital to the men responsible for keeping our roads and bridges safe and drivable to the man who aspires to wear the badge of Bryan County’s chief law enforcement officer: Bryan County Sheriff.
The Bryan County Democratic Central Committee and the Bryan County Federation of Democratic Women will be hosting a spaghetti supper as well as a dessert and pie auction monday evening, the night before the primary election, at the Clay Jones Community Building beginning at 6 p.m. The evening will feature the complete roster of Bryan County’s local Democratic Primary Candidates. In addition, Rob Wallace, who is seeking the U.S. Congressional seat currently held by Dan Boren, will be in attendance and speaking. Closing out the evening will be a discussion regarding the proposition being voted on by all Bryan County voters, the proposition supporting our local firefighters.
By law Oklahoma has what is considered a closed primary system, meaning that only registered members of a particular political party are able to vote to select their party’s nominees … meaning registered Democrats may only vote for Democratic candidates, and registered Republicans may vote only for Republican candidates. Those who are registered Independent (No Party) may not vote for partisan candidates; however, Independents are still able to vote on nonpartisan issues such as the upcoming proposition supporting local fire departments.
Bryan County has long had a substantial majority of voters that are registered Democrats, as such, the local race for County Commissioner District 2 will be decided by the primary election as there are no Republicans running for the office. Also of note, Democratic incumbent County Court Clerk Sandy Stroud drew no opponent and will automatically retain her seat. Drawing no primary opponent but also speaking Monday will be Mayor Jerry Tomlinson who is seeking the office of State Representative for District 21. Those living in the eastern portion of Bryan County come November will be a part of the newly redrawn District 19 and will be Represented by Democrat R. C. Pruett who drew no opponent in the upcoming primary or general election.
These candidates are running to serve you, the citizens of Bryan County. I encourage everyone to come out, enjoy a great meal, and have a chance to look them in the eye and let them know your concerns and vision for our county, state, and nation. The only cost for the evening is your time and civic participation, although donations are always welcome. Voting is one of our most sacred duties as citizens. Before casting your vote Tuesday, come out and get to know the names and issues on the ballot, and allow yourself to be tempted by the many homemade desserts we’ll be auctioning for you to take home and enjoy as the election results roll in on Tuesday.