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Voters’ choice on Tuesday

Lengthy ballot awaits McClain County voters

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Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012 9:00 am

The Presidential race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney may have top billing on the ballot, but McClain County voters will also have a sheriff’s race and four state legislative races to decide on Tuesday.

Incumbent Sheriff Don Hewett is being challenged by Ryan Lake of Newcastle.

Vying for the new District 43 Senate race are Corey Brooks, Republican, and Mike Fullerton, Democrat.

Brooks, 33, of Washington, is a rancher and officer in the Navy Reserve. He was appointed to the Department of Defense by former President George W. Bush.

He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and cross-cultural ministries from Oklahoma Baptist University and a master’s in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.

Brooks is the son of David and Letitia Brooks.

Fullerton, 47, is from Newcastle. He is a senior roadway designer.

He has a bachelor’s degree in science and industrial technology from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Fullerton and his wife, Lisa, have two sons - Trevor, 16, and Tyler, 11.

District 43 includes all of McClain County and portions of Garvin, Grady and Stephens counties.

In the Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 42 incumbent Lisa Billy of Purcell faces Steven Vines of Paoli.

Billy, a Republican, has held the seat since 2004. She has also served six years in the Chickasaw Nation Legislature.

She has a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University and a master’s in education from the University of Oklahoma.

Billy, 45, and her husband, Phillip, have three children - Masheli, 18; Nahinli, 15,and Anoli, 11.

Vines, 28, is a Democrat and an oilfield worker. He previously was a teacher and coach at Whitehead Elementary School.

He has a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in education from East Central University.

Vines and his wife, Jamie, are the parents of twin girls and a son.

District 42 includes portions of McClain and Garvin counties.

Running for the District 20 seat are Bobby Cleveland, 69, of Slaughterville and Matt Branstetter, 55, of Noble.

Cleveland, who lists his occupation as sales and marketing, is the chairman of the Cleveland County Republican Committee. In 2008, he was a Republican presidential elector.

He attended Central State University. He and his wife, Barbara, have two children - Rob and Rod.

Branstetter, a Democrat, is an independent investment adviser. He has bachelor degrees in business administration and political science from the University of Oklahoma.

He and his wife, Tracy, have three children - Kyla, Erik and Bonnie.

District 20 includes parts of McClain, Cleveland, Garvin and Pottawatomie counties.

A race for the District 51 seat faces off Republican Scott Biggs against Democrat Stewart Meyer.

Both candidates are from Chickasha.

Biggs, 33, is an attorney. He has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma.

He and his wife, Rosslyn, have a daughter, Maguire.

Meyer has a bachelor’s degree in science from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He is retired from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

He and his wife, Barbara, have a daughter, Christy.

District 51 takes in parts of McClain, Grady and Stephens counties.

Also on the ballots in McClain County will be the U.S. Congress District 4 race held by Republican Tom Cole.

Cole of Norman is in a three-way race against Democratic challenger Donna Bebo of Fletcher and Tea Party-affiliated independent candidate R.J. Harris of Norman.

In addition, six state questions are on the ballot, as well as judicial retention races for four Oklahoma Supreme Court justices, three judges on the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals and five judges on the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals.

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