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Sharon K. Walker

Sharon K. Walker, 56, is running for the Ward 4 spot that Councilman Destry Hawthorne is leaving. Walker is a Duncan native and has been a teacher in Oklahoma for 21 years. She currently teaches math … more

Mike Morris

Mike Morris, 65, is running for the Ward 4 seat vacated by Destry Hawthorne. Morris was born in Sherman, Texas, and moved to Durant when he was 3. He attended Durant public schools before earning … more


To the Editor, In the Thursday March 14, 2019, edition of the Durant Democrat in your article Washington, Radio Road to get facelift, there was a statement printed that reads, “Durant Area … more

John Cathey

John Cathey, 85, is from Pauls Valley. He is running for the Ward 4 seat being vacated by incumbent Destry Hawthorne, He graduated from Paul’s Valley High School and attended Oklahoma State … more

Danny Sherrer

Danny Sherrer, 68, is a Durant native and restaurant owner who wants city officials to cooperate with one another and the public to meet the challenges facing his city. He is running for the Ward 3 … more

Mike Dills

Ward 3 incumbent Mike Dills, 71, was appointed to complete the unfinished term of the late councilman Bill Orr in July 2017. Dills is a Durant native, graduate of Durant High School and holds a … more

James Bishop

James Bishop, 35, is running for the Ward 4 seat currently held by Mike Dills. He is a lifelong resident of Durant. A member of the Durant High School class of 2002, Bishop earned two … more

These are the Durant City Council’s at large candidates

The Durant Democrat sent a list of five questions to the candidates for the April 2 Durant City Council election. The questions were intentionally broad to allow the candidates to introduce … more

Steve Brittingham

Steve Brittingham, 50, is running for the Councilmember at large position on the Durant City Council. He is a native of Pushmataha County and has lived in Durant for the past 24 years. Brittingham is … more

Best of Durant has been on display

Last Tuesday could have been a really bad day. And it certainly had its downside. But rather than licking its wounds after getting knocked down, Durant decided to pick itself up and move … more

Oklahoma gets left out again

Now that Iowa, Utah, and Nebraska accept Medicaid expansion, most states (36, plus D.C.) will get federal help to provide medical care to their poorest residents. But in Oklahoma, former Gov. Mary … more

We will harness the ‘Durant Spirit’

Although Tuesday night did not bring The Small Business Revolution victory to #MyDurant that we had hoped, the transformation our community experienced along the journey was the true win. For that we … more

Democrats and Socialism

The President has it all wrong when he talks about Democrats and socialism. He has charged that Democrats are trying to turn the United States into a nation in which nobody owns anything … more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, Durant will always be #1 because it’s the people, places and things here that made us who we are. Durant is full of memories that are shared by many and seared into our … more

Durant has proven its character, heart

Durant is anxiously awaiting the #MyDurant Watch Party scheduled for Tuesday night, when the winner of season 4 of the “Small Business Revolution – Main Street” show will be … more

Win or lose, our

future is in our hands

Many are on pins and needles this weekend as we wait to learn if Durant will be featured on season 4 of the online small business makeover show “Small Business Revolution – Main … more

My Rights

I have rights and so do you. Webster calls these, “the privileges one may be entitled to.” I insist our rights as a people should not be denied us nor taken from us. For example, the … more

Capitol Update for District 19

I am very honored and excited to bring a report from our state Capitol back to our great District. This week, House Bill 2597, a constitutional carry bill, passed off the House floor and is on its … more

Reach out to all the Okies you know

It’s the question everyone is asking every day, “Did you vote?” If the answer is “yes,” the next question is, “Did you vote on every device for every email address … more

It’s a big universe in Boswell

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I didn’t really want to do that interview. After all, I was kind of tired and it was all the way over in Boswell and the gist of the story was a kid … more
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