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The three big issues facing voters

Today, those who have not voted early will head to the polls to determine the direction, and perhaps the philosophy, of Durant city government for at least the next two years. Perhaps longer. With … more

It’s time to vote for growth

This Tuesday Durant’s voters will go to the polls once again. Every election impacts our future to some degree, this contest has the potential of effecting Durant’s future for generations … more

Your vote won’t count if you don’t cast it

Election day’s here again, or will be next Tuesday. That’s when we’ll get to choose the people who will represent us on the Durant City Council. Some say local elections … more

They were there for us

Gay Cunningham has spent 11 years of her life trying to find a better facility for Durant’s senior citizens. And now, with a suitable building just within reach, she needs our help. … more


You can’t borrow or spend yourself out of debt. The city has a debt problem. It currently owes more than its ability to pay, and its needs will continue to grow as its aging infrastructure … more

Perhaps we can stop our democracy’s death

In “How Democracies Die,” a scary new book by Harvard scholars Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, the authors see parallels in failing democratic governments both past and … more

Forum did its job, Seniors need our help

The candidates for Durant City Council met in a candidate forum last week. It wasn’t a debate, it wasn’t an opportunity for aspiring city officials to one up each other. It was a chance … more

Experience is basis for stability

In Sept. 2016, the Durant City Council unanimously voted to hire me as the new Durant City Manager. It was an honor to be selected and I knew I had some tough challenges ahead. I was the fourth … more

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
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