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3 candidates face off in Carter County Sheriff race

Three Republican candidates are running for sheriff this year in Carter County.
Three Republican candidates are running for sheriff this year in Carter County.(KXII)
Published: Jun. 26, 2020 at 8:43 PM CDT
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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Three Republican candidates are running for sheriff this year in Carter County.

The county’s current sheriff, Chris Bryant, says he is confident that he will win another term in the election on Tuesday.

“People have trusted me for the last three and a half years,” Bryant said. “I’m looking forward to serving the next four years of Carter County as the sheriff.”

Bryant has two opponents this year, former Ardmore Police Officer John Robert Randolph III and Phillip Wolfenbarger.

Randolph said he is not bothered by Bryant’s vocal supporters.

“He has a lot of politicians that are rooting for him,” Randolph said. “But in the end I believe we’ve made a lot of contacts with the community and the people in the community.”

Wolfenbarger said he has listened to voters’ complaints about the office.

“I’ve heard what they have to say about things,” Wolfenbarger said. “I think I can meet their expectations and I think they know that.”

Randolph said he’ll make sure all areas of the city have enough patrols and build a special team to work on investigations.

“What we want to do is build a professional unit that gets back out and gets into the community.”

He also wants to rebuild the Sheriff office’s reputation, but Bryant said he’s already done that.

“We have made strides in a positive direction for the citizens of Carter County,” Bryant said. “We have continued and brought back the integrity, respect, and the image back to the sheriff’s office here in Carter County.”

Wolfenbarger said his main concern is working on law enforcement’s relationships with children.

“If we make the difference-beyond today or tomorrow- focusing on 10 or 20 years from now, and we repair those relationships with the younger generation now, then maybe we can change the direction,” Wolfenbarger said. “Then we won’t end up the same way it’s going in the other parts of the world.”

Early voting ends Saturday at 2 p.m. Election day is next week on Tuesday, June 30.

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