ED)--Polls will be open until 7:00 p.m. today for the statewide Primary Candidate Election. There will be a number of races on the ballot for both Republicans and Democrats.
All registered Republicans in Garfield County will be able to vote on: Governor — incumbent Kevin Stitt and challengers Mark Sherwood, Moira McCabe and Joel Kintsel. Auditor and Inspector — incumbent Cindy Byrd and challenger Steven W. McQuillen. Attorney General — incumbent John M. O’Connor and challenger Gentner F. Drummond. State Treasurer — Todd Russ, David B. Hooten and Clark Jolley. Superintendent of Public Instruction — April Grace, Ryan Walters, John Cox and William E. Crozier. Labor Commissioner — incumbent Leslie Kathryn Osborn and challengers Keith Swinton and Sean Roberts. Corporation Commissioner — Todd Thomsen, Kim David, Harold D. Spradling and Justin Hornback. U.S. Senate — incumbent James Lankford and challengers Joan Farr and Jackson Lahmeyer. U.S. Senate (unexpired term) — Laura Moreno, Nathan Dahm, Jessica Jean Garrison, Michael Coibion, Luke Holland, Markwayne Mullin, John F. Tompkins, Scott Pruitt, T.W. Shannon, Adam Holley, Randy J. Grellner, Alex Gray and Paul Royse. U.S. House District 3 — incumbent Frank D. Lucas and challengers Wade Burleson and Stephen Butler. Republicans who live in Garfield County District 3 will decide who gets the county commission seat, since no Democrat candidate filed. Incumbent James C. Simunek is facing challenger Clarence Maly. The district covers roughly the western one-third of the county.
Democrats in Garfield County will vote on: Governor — Connie Johnson and Joy Hofmeister. U.S. Senate — Brandon Wade, Madison Horn, Arya Azma, Jo Glenn, Dennis L. Baker and Jason Bollinger.
If no candidates receive a majority of the votes, runoff elections will be held Aug. 23. The general election will be Nov. 8. You can follow live election results Tuesday night at https://oklahoma.gov/elections.html.
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FA)--Voters in Enid today will consider the approval of a 25-year extension of a franchise agreement between the city of Enid and O.G.& E., granting the utility the right to produce, transmit and distribute electricity within city limits for another 25 years, extending a non-exclusive franchise agreement in place since 1927. In exchange, the Oklahoma utilities company would provide the city of Enid revenue from a long-standard 3% franchise fee on all electricity sold, as well as a half-percent credit on kilowatt hours sold in Enid. Revenue from the franchise fee goes to the city of Enid’s general fund, for general operating expenses throughout the year. OG&E also would continue to provide the city with annual $100,000 grants for economic development purposes for five years. OG&E previously had provided annual $100,000 payments for 15 years, along with myriad other economic development incentives, under the current franchise passed in 1997.
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PP)--YWCA Enid is selling tickets and seeking auction items for its annual luncheon and purse auction set for next month. Purses with Purpose, YWCA’s major fundraiser, will be 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 14 at Stride Bank Center. Courtney Strzinek, executive director of YWCA, said the funds raised go toward maintaining YWCA’s programs and services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Last year’s event raised around $42,000. During the event YWCA Enid will recognize its Volunteer of the Year and honor the 2022 Woman of the Year at the event. Individual tickets for Purses with Purpose are $60, and tables of eight are $500. Strzinek said an extremely limited number of tickets, tables and event sponsorships are available, and anybody interested in purchasing tickets, or needing more information should contact the YWCA by calling (580) 234-7581 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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JQ)--Dinosaurs will invade downtown Enid this summer. Billed as the largest and most realistic dinosaur event in North America, Jurassic Quest will transport Enid and area residents back to a more primitive time, appearing at Stride Bank Center this summer, August 19-21. The family friendly exhibit includes life-like dinosaurs; large rideable dinosaurs; live dinosaur shows; interactive science and art activities, including a dig for real fossils like T-Rex teeth, a triceratops horn and life-sized dino skull; a “Triceratots” soft play area for little explorers; and bounce houses, inflatable attractions and photo opportunities. The Jurassic Quest herd of animatronic dinos are displayed in realistic scenes with some that move and roar, allowing guests to experience them as they were when they roamed the earth billions of years ago. Tickets are for timed entry and are $22 for kids and adults and $19 for seniors. Entry is free for children younger than age 2. General admission tickets include access to the dinosaur and marine exhibits, arts and crafts activities, and dinosaur shows. Rides and activities require tickets on site or guests can upgrade to the Kids Unlimited Rides ticket. Unlimited rides for kids, including all-you-can-ride access to dinosaur rides, inflatables and fossil dig is $36, including entry. Tickets for individual activities available on-site start at $6. Tickets can be reserved at www.jurassicquest.com to ensure desired date and time or will be available on-site. Tickets include a 100% guarantee in the event of a show cancellation or postponement for any reason. Advanced tickets are encouraged.
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