Tice retains seat on Oologah School Board after narrow victory over Greeves
In a race that was back-and-forth throughout the evening, incumbent Don Tice ultimately emerged successful in his bid to retain his seat on the Oologah School Board against opponent Trina Greeves.
With all nine precincts reporting in shortly after 9 p.m., Tice narrowly, but successfully defeated Greeves by a margin of 61 votes, holding onto his seat (#5) on the OT Board of Education.
Total votes cast were 2,165, with Tice receiving 1,113 votes (51.41%), 978 of which were cast election day, 44 of which were cast in early voting, and 91 of which were cast by absentee mail. Greeves received a total of 1,052 votes (48.59%), 919 of which were cast on election day, 56 of which were early votes, and 77 of which were made by absentee mail.
Although the margin for victory was narrow, in a two-person race, whichever candidate receives 50% of the votes plus one (vote) is declared the winner, according to Rogers County Election Board Secretary Julie Dermody.
Following his victory, Tice expressed his thanks to those who supported him.
“I would like to express my appreciation to the voters for allowing me the opportunity to serve another term on the Oologah-Talala Board of Education,” he said. “Recognizing the challenges that lie ahead, I look forward to working with fellow board members, school administrators, faculty, staff, and members of the community as we strive to provide the students of the district with outstanding educational opportunities in their pursuit of a chosen educational/career path. I look forward to your continued support of the district as we work together to make Oologah-Talala School District one of the premier school districts in Oklahoma.”
In other county school board races, Jason E. Cook defeated Alyssa Hail-Blair in the race for seat #5 on the Inola Board of Education, receiving a total of 832 votes (68.53%) against Hail-Blair’s 382 votes (31.47%).
In the Sequoyah Public Schools School Board election, Brian Green won seat #6 against opponent Cheryl Dennis. Out of a total 1,334 votes cast, Green garnered 810 (60.72%) versus the Dennis’s 524 votes (39.28%).
In Collinsville, Jeromy Burwell won his bid for seat #5 on the School Board, receiving 1,330 votes (53.65%) against opponent Memory Ostrander, who earned 1,149 votes (46.35%).
In other races, several local, county, and state incumbents held onto their respective seats.
Among those successful in their bid to remain in office was Cathi Edwards, who will retain her title as Rogers County Court Clerk, having received a total of 6,227 votes (55.41%) against her opponents Kim LeGate, who received 2,240 votes (19.93%) and Donna Stripling, who received 2,771 votes (24.66%).
In the District 2 race, Markwayne Mullin handily won his race, receiving a total of 53,116 votes (79.91%) against his opponents Joseph Silk, who garnered 8,400 votes (12.7%) and Rhonda Hopkins, who received 4,910 votes (12.7 percent).
Similarly, Jim Inhofe won the Republican bid for the U.S. Senator, earning a total of 277,269 votes (74.05%) against opponents JJ Stitt, who received 57,342 votes (15.31%), and John Tompkins and Neil Mavis, who received 23,497 votes (6.28%) and 16,316 votes (4.36%), respectively.
Inhofe will face off against Abby Broyles, who won the Democratic party vote, with 163,104 votes (60%).
Republican Todd Hiett received a successful 265,582 votes (74.58%) in the Corporation Commissioner race, beating challenger Harold Spradling, who finished with a total of 90,519 votes (25.42%).
For a complete listing of election results, visit the Rogers County Election Board website at https://