Oklahoma judicial elections, 2014
|Oklahoma judicial elections, 2014|
|General election candidates:||187|
|Incumbent success rate:||98%|
|Competition - general election|
|Percent of candidates in contested races:||37%|
|Judicial election dates|
|Candidates by state|
|Supreme court elections|
- 1 Election dates
- 2 General election: Contested races
- 3 Retentions
- 4 General election: Uncontested
- 5 Primary
- 6 Process
- 7 In the news
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
In 2014, three justices were retained to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, one judge was retained to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals and five judges were retained to the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals.
In 2014, there were five races in the primary election--in Districts 4, 14 (2 races), 20 and 22. One candidate was automatically elected in the primary after receiving over 50% of the vote. In the other races, the top two candidates from the primary advanced to the general election.
District court incumbent judges enjoyed a 98% success rate. Of the 187 candidates who ran in the general election, 108 of them were unopposed. Seventy candidates competed in contested races, and three incumbent judges were voted out.
- April 11: Filing deadline (district court candidates)
- June 24: Primary
- September 5: Filing deadline (appellate court candidates seeking retention)
- November 4: General election
General election: Contested races
(I) denotes incumbent
District 1, Harper County associate judge
District 3, Greer County associate judge
District 3, Kiowa County associate judge
District 5, Comanche County associate judge
District 5, Office 1
District 5, Office 2
District 7, Office 1
District 7, Office 13
District 7, Office 15
District 7, Office 2
District 7, Office 3
District 8, Kay County associate judge
District 10, Office 1
District 11, Office 1
District 12, Mayes County associate judge
District 14, Office 1
District 14, Office 10
District 14, Office 14
District 14, Office 2
District 14, Office 8
District 14, Pawnee County associate judge
District 15, Office 4
District 15, Sequoyah County associate judge
District 16, Le Flore County associate judge
District 17, Choctaw County associate judge
District 18, Pittsburg County associate judge
District 20, Carter County associate judge
District 20, Love County associate judge
District 20, Marshall County associate judge
District 20, Office 1
District 21, Garvin County associate judge
District 21, Office 5
District 22, Pontotoc County associate judge
District 24, Okmulgee County associate judge
District 25, Office 1
The following judges were retained in the general election. In retention elections, the incumbent judge is not being evaluated against an opponent. Rather, he or she simply receives votes of "yes" to retain or "no", do not retain.
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|Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals||Brian Goree||61.0%|
|Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals||Deborah Barnes (Oklahoma)||62.0%|
|Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals||Gary Lumpkin||62.4%|
|Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals||Jane Wiseman||60.9%|
|Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals||Jerry Goodman||60.9%|
|Oklahoma Supreme Court||John Reif||59.0%|
|Oklahoma Supreme Court||Joseph Watt||59.9%|
|Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals||Keith Rapp||59.3%|
|Oklahoma Supreme Court||Tom Colbert||62.6%|
General election: Uncontested
The following candidates were elected or re-elected after running unopposed in the general election.
For candidate lists and results from the judicial primary on June 24, 2014, please see: Oklahoma primary elections, 2014.
District court elections
Judges of the district courts run in nonpartisan elections after four-year terms. If two candidates are competing for one seat, their names will appear on the ballot for the general election. If more than two candidates file for one seat, they will compete in a primary election. If one candidate receives a majority of the votes in the primary, that candidate is elected and does not need to run in the general election. If no one receives a majority of the votes, the two candidates with the most votes will compete against each other in the general election. Unopposed candidates do not appear on the ballot.
Judges of the Oklahoma Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, and the Court of Civil Appeals run in retention elections after six-year terms. In these elections, judges do not compete against another candidate, but voters are given a "yes" or "no" choice whether to keep the justice in office for another term. The retention elections are held on general election day.
In the news
The following articles were current as of the dates listed, though new developments may not be included.
One judge elected in Oklahoma's primaryJune 26, 2014
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|See also: JP Election Brief: Survival of the fittest as more candidates are eliminated'
Results from Oklahoma's primary election are in. There were a total of 18 candidates in five judicial races across four different districts.
One candidate has been elected judge by receiving over 50% of the vote in the primary--Justin P. Eilers. He walked away with 50.3% of the vote after competing against Jeremy Bays and Mike Stake for a district judge position in District 4. He does not need to run in the general election. There were a total of 9,209 votes cast in that race, including absentee ballots and early voting.
In District 22, the race for the Pontotoc County associate judge was much closer. Preston Draper, with 29.2%, was eliminated. Lori Jackson came out on top with 37.5%, and Heather Hammond Wright came in second with 33.3%. Oklahomans will get a second chance to vote for one of these two in November.
Five judicial races in Oklahoma primary next weekJune 19, 2014
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|See also: JP Election Brief: Retention tension, a supreme court candidate on trial, and an election decided by coin toss
The Oklahoma District Courts hold nonpartisan elections to choose judges, and the primary is right around the corner--Tuesday, June 24. Only races with more than two candidates will appear on the primary election ballot. This year, there are five of those races. If one candidate receives over 50% of total votes, they will be automatically elected without needing to run in the general election. Otherwise, the two candidates who receive the most votes will go up against each other in November alongside all of the other races with only two candidates.
Lastly, in District 22, Preston Draper, Heather Hammond Wright, and Lori Jackson will compete to be the Pontotoc County associate judge.
Oklahoma primary election overviewApril 24, 2014
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|See also: JP Election Brief: Primary match-ups across the nation
In Oklahoma, judicial candidates only appear on the primary election ballot if more than two people have filed for the same race. Races with two candidates will not occur until the general election in November. This year, there will only be five judicial races for the primary on June 24. Three races are for district judge positions and two are for associate district judge positions. The five races are: Oklahoma District 4, district judge: Office 1
Oklahoma District 14, District judge: Office 2.
The current holder of this seat is Judge Jesse S. Harris, who did not file for re-election.
Oklahoma District 14, District judge: Office 14
- Oklahoma State Election Board, "2014 Statewide Elections"
- Oklahoma State Courts Network, "Oklahoma Statutes, Title 26, Chapter A1, Article XI, Section 11-101," accessed April 23, 2014
- Oklahoma State Courts Network, "Oklahoma Statutes, Title 26, Chapter A1, Article XI, Section 11-102," accessed April 23, 2014
- Oklahoma State Courts Network, "Oklahoma Statutes Title 26, Chapter A1, Article XI," accessed April 23, 2014
- Oklahoma State Courts Network, "Oklahoma Statutes Title 36, Chapter A1, Article VI, Section 6-102," accessed April 23, 2014
- The Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma, "The Justices of the Oklahoma Supreme Court," accessed April 23, 2014
- Oklahoma Election Board, "Primary Election 2014 Unofficial Results," June 24, 2014
- See Oklahoma judicial elections
- See Oklahoma judicial elections
- Oklahoma State Election Board, "Candidates for State Elective Office 2014"