ADA — Chickasaw Nation Election Secretary Rita Loder announced March 14 that Randy Neasbitt, Ardmore, will face Overbrook resident Donna Hartman in an April 11 run-off election for Pickens District, Seat 2 on the Chickasaw Legislature.

Hartman received 542 votes, or 24.4 percent, while Neasbitt received 435 votes, or 19.59 percent.

Ten candidates filed in the special election for the seat, vacated by the death of Mitch Sperry of Ardmore.

Linda Blackwood Harris, Elmore City, received 268 votes; Ray McCarter, Marlow, received 250 votes; Jessie M. Lynch, Duncan, received 237 votes; Tommy Farve, Lone Grove, received 191 votes, Teresa Bolin, Ardmore, received 100 votes; Sherri K. Sanders, Pauls Valley, received 96 votes, Patrick L. James, Ardmore, received 60 votes and Stephen G. Wall, Ardmore, received 42 votes.

The recount period ends on Friday, March 17, 2006.

Ballots for the run-off election will be mailed to each qualified voter in the Pickens District on March 20, 2006. Ballots must be returned by mail no later than 10:30 am on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 and ballots will be counted on the same day. 

The winner of the run-off election will be announced on the same day.

The winning candidate will be sworn into office at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 in the conference room of the Chickasaw Nation Headquarters.  The public is invited.

For more information contact Ms. Rita Loder Election Secretary at (580) 310-6475 or (888) 661-0137.

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