The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 23, 2010

3 seek Woodward County Dist. 1 commission seat

By Joe Malan, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

Tommy Roedell

Tommy Roedell is hoping to become the next Woodward County District 1 commissioner in Tuesday’s Republican primary.

Roedell, 58, is up for the position, along with Jeff McIntosh, of Mooreland, and Stephanie Gillenwaters, of Mooreland.

 If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, a runoff between the top two vote-getters is set for Aug. 24. The winner will take the seat since no Democrat or independent candidates filed for office.

Roedell also lives in Mooreland and is self-employed. He helps develop websites for the oil and gas industry, to help service companies in the industry find contact information.

He worked as a oil and gas field inspector for Oklahoma Corporation Commission for 19 years, and now is a fourth generation landowner in Woodward County.

Roedell said he is running because the country is in bad shape, and he believes it is the duty of everyday citizens to take matters into their own hands and shape the country for the better.

“We’re capable people, and we ought to run for public office and do our part to be Americans,” he said.

Roedell said he also wants to do what he can to improve roads and use resources in Woodward County. He also wants to get oil and gas companies to improve the roads.

“I’ll do my best to work for economic development in Woodward and Mooreland, and work with law enforcement and make improvements on county roads,” he said.

Jeff McIntosh

Jeff McIntosh is hoping to make improvements to Woodward County roads and the county budget if he is elected District 1 commissioner.

McIntosh, 44, is up for election in Tuesday’s Republican primary with Tommy Roedell and Stephanie Gillenwaters, both of Mooreland.

The individual who is eventually elected commissioner will replace Ralph Triplett.

 If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, a runoff between the top two vote-getters is set for Aug. 24. The winner will take the seat since no Democrat or independent candidates filed for office.

McIntosh, also a resident of Mooreland, has been self-employed in the trucking industry for 20 years.

He also worked at the landfill in Major County for three years handling hazardous industrial waste.

“I think I can do a good job and carry on the job Ralph Triplett has done,” McIntosh said. “I have the management skills and look forward to the challenge.”

McIntosh said if he is elected commissioner, his son can take over the trucking business while he goes to work improving roads and the businesses of Woodward County.

McIntosh said his goals, if elected, are to create better roads, clean right of ways, clear trees and manage the county budget.

He said his experience in dealing with environmental protection and quality will help him to do a good job in the office.

“I can run any piece of equipment the county has,” he added. “I can be an asset in a lot of situations.”

Stephanie Gillenwaters

Stephanie Gillenwaters is one of three people vying to become the next District 1 commissioner of Woodward County.

Gillenwaters, 41, of Mooreland, said she became a candidate for the position because she wanted to work to maintain things in the county.

“I just felt like it would be a good position,” she said. “I want to help keep the roads up and (improve) school routes and postal routes.”

Gillenwaters and her husband, Duane, have been involved in livestock production for over 20 years. They also raise and sell Boer goats.

Gillenwaters worked for the state of Oklahoma for nine years and is employed at Kent West, CPA, as office manager.

She has been a volunteer for the Red Cross for 20 years and also has volunteered for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the 4-H Club in Mooreland. She has held a real estate sale associate license for 17 years.

In addition to those activities, she and her husband have owned Burning Embers Plus, selling pellet heat stoves and pellet cooking grills, for the past six years.

She has three children and they have lived in District 1 for the past 20 years.

Gillenwaters is running against two other Mooreland residents — Jeff McIntosh and Tommy Roedell — in Tuesday’s Republican primary. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, a runoff between the top two vote-getters is set for Aug. 24. The winner will take the seat since no Democrat or independent candidates filed for office.