From The Norman Transcript...
Our choice: Cole, Tinsley in Republican vote Tuesday
NORMAN — Oklahoma voters on Tuesday are faced with narrowing the field of candidates who will be on their November ballots. There are two local races that will be decided Tuesday since no Democrats filed for them.
In the U.S. House Fourth District, we favor incumbent Congressman Tom Cole. The Moore Republican has represented central and southern Oklahoma since 2002 and has been part of the Oklahoma political landscape for more than 30 years.
A Chickasaw, he is currently the only Native American serving in Congress. He is a fifth-generation Oklahoman and has worked hard to protect the various military interests in the Fourth District and throughout Oklahoma. Rep. Cole is a national player in his party, something that will be increasingly important if Republicans regain a legislative majority.
In the county assessor’s race, we give the edge to David Tinsley. We believe his longtime commitment to the appraisal profession and his continuing education accomplishments make him most qualified to serve. Commissioners appointed him to the post in 2009. He understands the ad valorem tax law and the various court rulings that have been handed down.
Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. In-person absentee voting continues Monday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the election board, 644 E. Robinson.