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June 26, 2014

Local candidates to face off in November election

Ada — Having survived the primary election, two local candidates will hit the campaign trail again this fall.

Attorneys Lori (Loman) Jackson and Heather Hammond Wright finished first and second in Tuesday’s primary race to replace former Associate District Judge Martha Kilgore, who resigned earlier this month.

Jackson had 1,853 votes, or 37.5 percent of the total. Wright finished with 1,642 votes, or 33.3 percent of the total.

A third candidate, attorney Preston Draper, came in third with 1,442 votes, or 29.2 percent of the total. The results are not official until the local election board canvasses the numbers.

Since none of the candidates captured a majority of the vote, Jackson and Wright will both appear on the general election ballot in November.

Wright said Wednesday that she was happy with the results of the primary vote.

“I’m thrilled by the response of the citizens of Pontotoc County, and I’m looking forward to moving forward to the general election,” she said.

Wright said she would work hard, spread the word about her campaign and try to get more people involved for the fall election cycle.

A native of Ada, the 41-year-old Wright has worked as an intern for Oklahoma Indian Legal Services and U.S. District Judge Robin Cauthron of the Western District of Oklahoma. She is also a former adjunct professor of civil procedure and litigation at East Central University.

Wright currently lives in Ada but works in Ardmore for the law firm Colbert Cooper Hill, where she handles disability claims.

Jackson, 53, worked for Pre-Paid Legal Services for 10 years before graduating from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. After passing the bar exam, she opened her own law practice in 1995.

Jackson has served as president of the Pontotoc County Bar Association and as a board member for the local Court Appointed Special Advocates organization. She currently serves on the advisory board for ECU’s legal studies department.

Jackson said she was glad that she finished first in the primary.

“I was very pleased to be the leader, obviously, and very appreciative of everyone who voted,” she said.

Jackson said as the fall election approaches, her campaign will focus on educating people about the responsibilities of an associate district judge and elaborate on the candidates’ qualifications so voters can make informed decisions.

The general election is set for Nov. 4, and the winner of that race will take office in January 2015.

 

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