UPDATED: Nofire, Proctor headed for Dist. 3 runoff
TAHLEQUAH – The seat vacated by David Walkingstick drew seven filings, from which Debra Proctor and Wes Nofire emerged as the neck-and-neck candidates for the July 27 runoff, according to unofficial election results.
A total of 306 votes, or 29.09 percent, were cast for Proctor, while Nofire garnered 310 ballots, or 29.47 percent.
With seven candidates vying for Dist. 3, a runoff was anticipated. Billy Flint was third in the balloting with 11.79 percent, or 124 votes. R.J. Robbins received 113 votes, or 10.74 percent. The 103 votes for Jim Cosby counted for 9.79 percent, while 79 votes were cast for Larry Dean Pritchett for 7.51 percent, and Brandon Girty got 17 votes, or 1.62 percent.
According to the Election Commission, the vote tallies include 56 challenged ballots.
A message left with Nofire in the early hours of June 2 was not returned as of publication.
“Nobody has outworked us,” Proctor said. “We have been out every day, seeing our citizens and making calls. I really want to give thanks where thanks is due – my family, my sons, my cousins, other volunteers, supporters and friends. This is how we run a good, clean campaign. I had community support from friends, east and west, and I feel blessed. We will continue to work hard. Win, lose or draw, that’s who I am. I believe in helping people, and that is not a campaign slogan. That will always be my journey in life.”
For all the June 1 races, recount requests must be received by June 5, and any recount must be completed by June 7. The deadline for appeals is June 10. Requests for absentee ballots in runoff races must be received by June 17. Absentee ballots will be mailed June 24-25. Walk-in or early absentee voting will be offered at the CNEC office on July 20 and 23-25. Runoff elections are July 27.