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Senior citizens center to hold candidate speaking, stew supper


The Clay County Senior Citizen’s Center is hosting a candidate speaking and supper Tuesday, April 9 at 216 North Hancock St. in Henrietta.  A stew and cornbread will be served by donation at 5 p.m., followed by questions and answers from each candidate to begin at 6 p.m.

The event is sponsored by The Clay County Pioneer Sentinel.

Clay County has several opposed races this year:

  • 97th District Judge – Republicans Jack McGaughey of Nocona and Brandon Earp of Bowie.
  • 97th District Attorney – Republicans John Swenson of Petrolia, Paige Williams of Nocona and Ron Walker of Montague.
  • Clay County Sheriff – Republicans Kenny Lemons of Dean (incumbent), Randy Hanson of Vashti and Harvey Freeman of Dean; and Democrats Bruce Specht of Vashti and Dee Litteken of Joy.
  • Clay County Tax Assessor-Collector – Republicans Maribel Longoria of Henrietta, Dean Kyle of Henrietta; and Democrat Bobbi Gilmore of Bluegrove.
  • Clay County Constable – Democrat Toby Davis (incumbent); and Republican Ronnie Pullen.

All candidates have been invited to speak at this forum, and will have the opportunity to answer questions from the public.

Everyone is encouraged to attend a candidate forum this election season, and to vote in the May 29 primaries.  Early Voting will be May 14-25 at the courthouse annex.  For questions about how to register to vote, contact the voter registrar at 538-4356.  For questions on how to vote by mail, or where to vote, contact the county clerk at 538-4631.


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