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There’s a new sheriff in town

There’s a new sheriff in town, or there will be one in the county at the first of the year.

Rodney Derryberry will be the new sheriff after defeating Donnie Edwards in the Republican runoff Tuesday, 1,867 votes (69.0 percent) to 836 (30.9) for acting sheriff Donnie Edwards.

There is not a Democratic opponent for the general election in November. Derryberry also won the primary election in August, but did not collect a large enough percentage of votes to avoid the runoff. In that election he drew more votes than Edwards and Dwayne Frizzell.

For state senator in District 5, George Burns narrowly defeated Justin Jackson to move on to the general election in November where he will face Democratic opponent, Randy Coleman. Burns had 2,102 votes to 2,080 for Jackson.

Jackson actually carried LeFlore County, receiving 497 votes to 419.

In the only other election involving LeFlore County voters, two county residents voted in the Red Oak school bond election. A $1 million school bond was approved 223 (71.9 percent) to 87 (28.0 percent) no votes.

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