MIAMI, Okla. —
Incumbent Ottawa County Sheriff Terry Durborow on Tuesday easily won the Democratic nomination toward another term as sheriff.
He defeated challenger Robert Cook 1,327 votes to 748 votes. The ratio was 64 percent for Durborow and 36 percent for Cook. The complete but unofficial election results are from the Ottawa County Election Board.
The incumbent will face Republican Jeff Wright in November.
Durborow, 58, of Miami, has been sheriff since 2006. He has a 21-year career in law enforcement, including five years with the Miami Police Department.
Cook, 47, of Quapaw, is a marshal with the Quapaw Tribal Marshal’s Service. Before that, he worked 10 years in the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.
Both said methamphetamine is the biggest crime problem facing the county, and Durborow has hired a dedicated drug investigator to work with the 13th Judicial District Drug Task Force.
Durborow said he also plans to start an education program for residents about computer crime and identity theft if he’s re-elected.
Ottawa County voters also favored Democrat Rob Wallace and Republican Markwayne Mullin for their respective party’s nomination for the 2nd District U.S. House of Representatives seat. Wallace received more Democratic votes than all the Republican votes for Republican candidates combined in Ottawa County.
Ottawa County ballot
With 17 of 17 precincts reporting, complete but unofficial returns from Tuesday’s primary balloting are as follows:
U.S. House 2nd District
Rob Wallace 1,170
Wayne Herriman 560
Earl Everett 235
Wayne Pettigrew 204
Dakota Wood 28
Markwayne Mullin 380
Dustin Rowe 30
Dwayne Thompson 24
George Faught 148
Bob Anthony 441
Brooks Mitchell 240
Robert Cook 748
Terry Durborow 1,327