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Cleveland County to select Republican sheriff's candidate

Voters in Cleveland County on Tuesday will decide who will advance as the Republican candidate for sheriff after Joe Lester abruptly retired.

Lester retired Oct. 2, less than a month after the release of a state audit of his office that found widespread financial mismanagement.

Todd Gipson, a retired Norman police captain, was appointed as the interim sheriff. He will face Lynn Statton and Leon Sugg for the seat. Both Statton and Sugg have challenged Lester for the seat unsuccessfully in previous races.

The winner of Tuesday's race will face Democratic candidate Kevin Hammond for the office in November.

Other races

Also in Cleveland County, residents in Moore will vote on five city bond issues totaling nearly $50 million to improve city streets, drainage channels, create railroad quiet zones and improve the telephone system.

In Pottawatomie County, Shawnee voters also have five city propositions to decide pertaining to the city charter and how elected officials are installed after contests.

Also, Pottawatomie County voters should be aware of changes to five polling places in the county.

Precincts 1 and 21 formerly voted at South Rock Creek School. The new polling place is Rock Creek Baptist Church, 44900 Hardesty Road in Shawnee.

Precinct 9 formerly voted at St. Gregory's University. The new polling place will be at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 39307 W MacArthur St. in Shawnee.

Precinct 13 formerly voted at Northridge Church of Christ. The new polling place will be at Faith Community Church of God, 43005 E MacArthur St. in Shawnee.

Precinct 31 formerly voted at the McLoud Board of Education. The new polling place will be First United Methodist Church, 815 S Eighth St. in McLoud.