24 candidates file for Freeholder election

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Twenty-four candidates have filed for the City of Altus Freeholder election, including several candidates who lost in the most recent Altus City Council election.

There are seven candidates for Wards 1 and 4 and five candidates for Wards 2 and 3. Voters will elect two candidates to represent each Ward in the Nov. 12 election. The two candidates from each ward with the most votes will be declared the winners, according to Jennifer Wilson, secretary for the Jackson County Election Board.

Former City Council members Dr. Rick Henry, Jason Winters and Chris Riffle have thrown their hats in the ring. Winters and Riffle served in the last city council but were voted out of office in February. Henry served on the council years ago.

One current city council member, Perry Shelton, who was appointed to fill a seat left vacant after the Febuary election, is also on the ballot. An assistant district attorney ruled Tuesday that a person elected to both the city council and the Freeholders board would have to decide which office he or she would hold. Shelton could not hold both positions at the same time, according to the ruling.

Several other candidates who ran for the City Council seats in February have also filed as candidates, including in Ward 2, Jackie Dickerson and Nicholas Young; and in Ward 4, Josephy Christian Melton.

Tom Buchanan, who served on the first Freeholder board that drew up the current City Charter, is also a candidate in Ward 1.

The Freeholders board will decide what, if any, changes need to be made to the existing City Charter. Proposed changes would be voted on by city voters.

Here’s a list of candidates from each ward:

Ward 1: Allen B. Collins, Iva Nell Templer, John Messerly, Michael Gross, Rick Henry, Catherine Gover and Tom Buchanan.

Ward 2: Linda Walker, Jackie Dickerson, Nicholas Young, Monte Clason and Jeremy Bailey.

Ward 3: Timothy Scott, Jason Winters, Perry Shelton, Emilee Johnson and Sherri Dirickson.

Ward 4: Tom Yates, Dillon Feazel, Chris Riffle, B.J. Wilson, Ron Osterhout, Joseph Christian Melton and Stacy Belanger.

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