Voters to decide on Oklahoma Corporation Commission candidates

Tuesday is election day in Oklahoma and voters will decide if they want long-time Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony as the Republican nominee or replace him with another candidate.

Anthony faces a challenge for the GOP nomination by two other candidates including former State Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman.  Commissioner Anthony is hoping to win another six-year term after first being elected in 1989. He is 70 and his other challenger is Harold Spradling, an 84 year old retired oil and gas operator and broker.

Bingman is 64 and an oil and gas company executive and previously served in the State House and the Senate.

On the Democratic side, there are four candidates including 59-year old Blake Cummings, an oil and gas field sales analyst; Ashley Nicole McCray, a 34-year old enrolled member of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma and a community organizer and academic; Ken Reich, a 77-year old retired educator and attorney Beau Williams.

If no outright winner in either political race is declared after the primary, a runoff will be held on Aug. 28.