In addition to choosing the state’s first female governor, Oklahoma voters will elect a number of state and local officials in the general election Tuesday.


In addition to choosing the state’s first female governor, Oklahoma voters will elect a number of state and local officials in the general election Tuesday.


They will be asked to mark a lengthy two-sided ballot that includes not only a number of political races, but 11 state questions. Carter County Election Board Secretary Helen McReynolds predicted voters will take longer than usual to cast their ballots, especially if they haven’t prepared beforehand.


The state questions range from a proposed measure that establishes the amount the state must annually spend on public education based on the spending in six surrounding states to a proposal requiring voters to present photo IDs or voter ID cards before casting ballots.


For the first time in Oklahoma history, two women are running for governor. Mary Fallin is the Republican candidate. Democrat Jari Askins is her opponent.


Voters in state Senate District 14 will determine who will replace Sen. Johnnie Crutchfield, who did not file for re-election because of term limits. Former state Senate Majority Leader Darryl Roberts is the Democratic candidate. He defeated Donna Spring in a closely contested Democratic primary. Roberts is being challenged by first-time candidate Frank Simpson who defeated Johnny Loard in the Republican primary. District 14 covers Carter, Love, Murray and part of Garvin counties.


State Rep. Samson Buck, a Democrat who represents House District 49, is looking to retain his seat in the Legislature. Buck is an attorney and rancher.


Marshall County resident Tommy Hardin is Buck’s Republican opponent.


Hardin is a retired air traffic controller and a rancher. House District 49 includes all of Love and Marshall counties and a portion of Carter County.


Tom Walker, the incumbent, is being challenged by Ardmore attorney Dennis Morris for district judge. Walker is the senior judge in southern Oklahoma. Morris is a first-time candidate for office. The judicial district includes Carter, Johnston, Love, Marshall and Murray counties.


State Rep. Wes Hilliard, a Democrat from Sulphur, is running for re-election for the House District 22 seat. He is seeking his fourth term in the Oklahoma House. His Republican opponent is Allie Burgin, a Wynnewood resident and businessman.


State Sen. Jay Paul Gumm, a Democrat from Durant, is seeking his third and final four-year term in the Senate. His Republican challenger is Josh Brecheen, a Coalgate rancher and former field representative for U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn. Senate District 6 includes all of Bryan, Marshall and Johnston counties, most of Coal County and a portion of Atoka County.


In Jefferson County, incumbent Jon Tom Staton is facing Dennis Gay for Associate District Judge. Democrat and incumbent Bret Burns and Republican Jason Hicks are vying for the district attorney post.


In the sole Congressional race on the ballot, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, a Republican, is facing three challengers, including Democratic candidate Jim Rogers.


Several Oklahoma Supreme Court judges and Court of Civil Appeals judges are up for retention.


Voters will also fill the following posts:


Lieutenant Governor: Todd Lamb (R) Kenneth Corn (D) Richard Prawdzienski (I)


Attorney General: Scott Pruitt (R) Jim Priest (D)


State School Superintendent: Susan Paddack (D) Janet Barresi (R) Richard Cooper (I)


Auditor and Inspector: Gary Jones (R) Steve Burrage (D)


State Treasurer: Ken Miller (R) Stephen Covert (D)


Labor Commissioner: Mark Costello (R) Lloyd Fields (D)


Insurance Commissioner: John Doak (R) Kim Holland (D)


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