By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
Voters in Oklahoma took to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in several runoff races, as well as to decide some key issues.
One such issue faced the Turpin School District. The district had put up for vote a bond project that would bring a storm shelter to the community itself, something many local leaders said was a significant need there.
Results from the Oklahoma State Election Board show a total of 388 people voted on that issue in the parts of Beaver County and Texas County that the Turpin district serves, and 228 of them, or just less than 59 percent, voted in favor of the bond.
In Oklahoma, however, a bond issue must get at least 60 percent of the vote before it is passed. This is the second time voters in the Turpin district have turned down a bond in the past two years.
The current bond was for $1.95 million to be paid out over 10 years and would likewise provide Turpin Schools with a new PE facility. In October 2013, a $2.75 million bond was put up for vote, and after that project failed to get approval, district leaders were left to go back to the drawing board.
In runoff races, locally, incumbent Frank King took 56 percent of the exactly 400 votes cast in the Beaver County Commission District No. 3 race, distancing challenger Robert Marshall.
Oklahoma’s Democratic voters chose John Cox, who got about 63 percent of the vote, or nearly 55,000 votes, over Freda Deskin for that party’s candidate for superintendent of public instruction.
The Democrats also chose a candidate to fill an unexpired term in the U.S. Senate in Oklahoma. In that race, 58 percent, or just less than 50,000, of the ballots were cast in favor of Connie Johnson over Jim Rogers.
Nearly 3,000 Republicans voted in the race to pick a candidate for state representative Oklahoma’s 61st District, choosing Casey Murdock, who got 65 percent of the just more than 1,100 votes cast in that race, over Kenny Bob Tapp.