UPDATE: 27 Cherokees running for Oklahoma seats

BY TRAVIS SNELL
Assistant Editor – @cp_tsnell
05/09/2018 05:00 PM
Editor’s Note: Mark Vancuren’s camp has informed us that he is a Cherokee Nation citizen. He is running for the Dist. 74 House seat.

TAHLEQUAH – According to Oklahoma Election Board records, 27 Cherokee Nation citizens are running for state offices in this year’s election season, while one CN citizen is running for a state office in Missouri.

Oklahoma Election Board records show that Amanda Douglas of Broken Arrow faces four opponents in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Representative Dist. 1 seat, while Jason Nichols of Tahlequah faces three other Democrats for the U.S. Representative Dist. 2 office. Running for the same seat is Republican incumbent Markwayne Mullin of Westville. He faces three opponents in the Republican primary. Also running for the seat is John Foreman of Park Hill, an Independent.

Drawing no opponent for the Dist. 5, Office 4 judgeship is Scott D. Meaders of Lawton. Kenneth M. Stoner of Oklahoma City also drew no opponent for the Dist. 7, Office 4 judgeship. Nor did Jefferson D. Sellers of Cleveland for the Dist. 14, Office 5 judgeship.

Three CN citizens also drew no opponents for associate district judgeships. They are Liz Brown of Stilwell for Adair County, Josh King of Hulbert for Cherokee County and Jana Wallace of Antlers for Pushmataha County. CN citizen Lisa Shaw of Lawton drew one opponent for the Comanche County associate district judgeship race.

In the state House races, Democrat John Myers of Vinita drew one opponent for the Dist. 6 race. For the Dist. 8 seat, Republican Carl Parson of Inola will face one opponent as well. Clay Layton of Claremore will not face a Democratic primary opponent for Dist. 9 but will face a Republican opponent in November’s general election.

In the Dist. 14 race, Jack Reavis of Muskogee will face one Democratic opponent in the primary, while fellow CN citizen Judy Ross Moore of Porum also faces one opponent in the Dist. 15 Democratic primary.

Ken Luttrell of Ponca City will see one Republican opponent in the Dist. 37 race, while fellow Republican Crystal Duncan of Yukon has drawn three opponents for the Dist. 43 primary.

Brad Boles of Marlow, a Republican, drew no opponents for the Dist. 51 seat, while fellow Republican Joy D. Smith of Geary drew one opponent for the Dist. 57 seat.

In Dist. 74, Republican Mark Vancuren of Owasso drew one opponent for the primary.

In the Dist. 79 race, Democrat Brian Pingleton of Tulsa drew one opponent in the primary, while Republican Mike Osburn of Edmond drew two primary opponents in the Dist. 81 race.
Rhonda Cox of Peggs will face one opponent in the Dist. 86 Democratic primary, while CN citizens Rhonda Hopkins of Rose and David Hardin of Stilwell square off against each other in the Republican primary for the same seat. And in Dist. 87, Democrat Collin Walke of Oklahoma City drew no opponents for the seat.

In Missouri, CN citizen Adela Falk of Williamsburg is running as a Republican for that House’s Dist. 43. She drew two opponents in the primary.

All Oklahoma primary contests are slated for June 26. Missouri’s primaries are set for Aug. 7.

The Cherokee Phoenix listed only candidates we could verify as CN citizens via CN Registration records.
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Travis Snell has worked for the Cherokee Phoenix since 2000. He began as a staff writer, a position that allowed him to win numerous writing awards from the Native American Journalists Association, including the Richard LaCourse Award for best investigative story in 2003. He was promoted to assistant editor in 2007, ...
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Travis Snell has worked for the Cherokee Phoenix since 2000. He began as a staff writer, a position that allowed him to win numerous writing awards from the Native American Journalists Association, including the Richard LaCourse Award for best investigative story in 2003. He was promoted to assistant editor in 2007, ...

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