Candidate taken off ballot in Coal County

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

COAL COUNTY, Okla. -- A candidate for Coal County Sheriff is no longer in the race. Jason Lenamond was tossed from the ballot for switching parties, but he says he’s the one being tossed around.

Jason Lenamond was a Democrat for 72 hours but says switching parties has cost him a shot at the sheriff's office.

Lenamond says he was working in Iraq, training military police for the past year. A few county leaders suggested he become a Democrat. He says he looked on a state website, saw a deadline to change party affiliation was May 31, asked someone at the election board if it was okay to change, and did it.

Lenamond soon thereafter realized the May 31 deadline was for voters; candidates have to change six months in advance--which would have been when he was in Iraq.

Lenamond changed back to Republican, but was challenged over the switch and taken off the ballot.

"The voters are supposed to have a voice. If they wanted to say, ‘Jason Lenamond, he did this,’ they should be able to go to the ballot and not vote for me," Lenamond says.

Lenamond says this is part of political dealings.

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