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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  • by Cora Focht Location: Coalgate on Jun 20, 2008 at 03:12 PM
    I'm appalled with Roy Deck and all the immoral unethical choices he has made while serving as sheriff. Moreover, I am disgusted with the voters in this town for allowing such a vile person to be a roll model to our children. I've never dealt with a more crooked place in my life. It is beyond unforgivable. DO NOT LET THAT MAN SERVE ANOTHER TERM!
  • by LeAnn Location: Centrahoma on Jun 13, 2008 at 02:00 PM
    i have checked the law and found that oklahoma is 1 of 2 states that doesn't allow a name to be written in on the ballot. please make your voice be heard and your vote count. jason was dealt a low hand but do not let that stop you from going to the polls. tell roy deck how you feel by voting him out.
  • by Mrs. Jane Doe Location: new york on Jun 13, 2008 at 11:41 AM
    I think Mr.Deck needs to learn the law hisself. He says hes got to uphold it u got to know it to do that.Only if people really knew him and knew what he stands for.Mr. Deck is a running scared and a digrace to Coal Co. LENAMOND IS MY WRITE IN ON THE BALLET. GIVE H_ _ _ JASON.
  • by me Location: coal county on Jun 13, 2008 at 11:30 AM
    sheriff roy deck is spineless and is scared now because he knows he is going to get beat and he knows the only way he can win is by a technaliaty
  • by Justice Location: Coalgate on Jun 12, 2008 at 09:44 PM
    Jason made a simple judgement error and trusted the Election Board, and was persecuted for it, and a man can serve two terms as sheriff after committing himself into a mental institution not once but twice, and also takes various types of prescription narcotics, and patrols our county while on these pills, and if I remember the statue correctly that is called driving under the influence of drugs (D.U.I.D.) which could be a felony. Should a man like this be stricken off the ballot.Oh yeah, We had a recent homicide in our county, committed by a man who was arrested many times, and also let go by the advice of Sheriff Deck, another time this man was caught with a pound of marijuana, and Deck told the deputies to let him go. If this man would have been prosecuted like anyone else, this murder wouldn't have happened !!!!! So I say put Lenamond back on the ballot so we can have the right man for the job!! Or keep it this way and let our county remain a JOKE
  • by Karma Location: Coalgate on Jun 12, 2008 at 09:22 PM
    If we take Jason off the ballot for something petty, shouldn't we also take Deck off the ballot for failing to assist a fellow officer when that officer called for back up and the sheriff just drove by and told him to call his chief, and a sheriff whom has committed adultery and both of these incidents are crimes in the Great State of Oklahoma!!!!!!!! Lets Get them Sheriff Lenamond
  • by joe Location: dallas on Jun 12, 2008 at 07:59 PM
    Whoah! I guess in Oklahoma, politicians are not allowed to change their minds, for fear they might confuse a voting public which is judged (by party hacks) unable to evaluate a candidate on the merits, using...heaven help us...their own common sense.
  • by Gary Lenamond Location: Garland, Texas on Jun 12, 2008 at 02:23 PM
    It never changes what others are willing to do purely for a political advantage. Especially when they FEAR you may win!!!!! Campaign like CRAZY anyway! The last I heard, voters can "write in" their vote for whomever they choose. It's time to LOCK_N_LOAD. Go get'em Sheriff Lenamond!!
  • by doug Location: coal county on Jun 12, 2008 at 01:43 PM
    It would seem if a person were going to run for office they would do a little research on the election laws. It is my understanding a that Jason is NOT in the US military and that he was working for a private contractor training Iraqi police officers. Jason's add's in the newspaper made is seem as if he were a member of the military. Jason also has a history of moving from police/sheriff' dept to another. WOULD HE STICK IT OUT AS SHERIFF?
  • by Anonymous on Jun 12, 2008 at 01:28 PM
    Sue them Jason, you will win.
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