Local Voters Shoot Down Proposition, Republicans Sweep Washita County Elections

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Voters in Cordell have made their decision… and their decision is to stay the course.

Faced with a question that goes directly to what form of government Cordell will have in the future, voters decided if the city would continue with the Aldermanic-Manager form of government or change to a Council-Manager form.  In the end, by a clear margin, voters elected to stay with Cordell’s current system. Under Cordell’s current system, voters directly elect a mayor, as well as two council representatives from each of four wards.

A total of 599 voters voted against the proposal (66.78 percent) and a total of 298 voters voted for the proposal (33.22 percent). In total 897 voters casted ballots in Cordell.

In the council-manager form as presented on the ballot, Cordell voters would have elected one representative from each of six wards plus an “at large” member, taking to seven the total number of elected council representatives. The council would then vote from among their number for one of them to serve as mayor.

The mayor in the Council-Manager form of government has no more authority than other council members. He or she would chair council meetings, sign legislation and be the public face of the community. If the new form of government is approved, all council seats would be on the City election ballot in April.

The vote to put the possibility of changing Cordell’s form of government before the voters was approved by a unanimous vote of the current council at a meeting held on August 20.

Council members themselves seemed uncertain about what specific improvements would result from changing the City’s form of government, but agreed it was a decision that needed to be made by Cordell voters.

In the race for Washita County Assessor, republican candidate Krystle D. Uecke won in a landlisde over democratic candidate Dennis Vermillion. Uecker received a total of 2,794 votes (73.8 percent) and Vermillion received 992 votes (26.20 percent). A total of 3,786 votes were cast in this race.

In the race for Washita County Commissioner, democrat Phil Delp was defeated by republican Steve Tompkins in a closer race. Delp received a total of 542 votes (41.85 percent) compared to Tompkins 753 votes (58.15 percent). A total of 1,295 votes were cast in this race.

In the race for State Senator in District 38, republican Brent Howard defeated democratic candidate Jeff Berrong by a good margin in Washita County and across all of District 38. In Washita County, Howard received a total of 2,512 votes (66.49 percent) compared to Berrong’s 1,266 votes (33.51 percent). A total of 3,778 Washita County votes were cast in this race.

Across all of District 38, Howard received a total of 13,873 votes (65.15 percent) compared to Berrong’s 7,421 votes (34.85 percent). A total of 21,294 votes were cast in this race.

In the race for State Representative in District 55, republican Todd Russ defeated democratic candidate Dennis Dugger in the closest local race. In Washita County, Russ received a total of 2,033 votes (53.61 percent) compared to Dugger’s 1,759 votes (46.39 percent). A total of 3,792 Washita County votes were cast in this race.

Across all of District 55, Russ received a total of 5,691 votes (52.73 percent) compared to Dugger’s 5,102 votes (47.27 percent). A total of 10,793 votes were cast in this race.