The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Election 2010

July 23, 2010

4 seeking Alfalfa County District 3 commission seat

James H. Simpson

James H. Simpson has been Alfalfa County District 3 commissioner for four years and wants to continue in the post.

A Republican, Simpson will face Ray Walker, Roger Nichols and Raymond Stonehocker, all of Helena, in Tuesday’s primary election. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, a runoff for the top two vote-getters will be Aug. 24. The winner will assume the post since no Democrat or independent candidates filed for office.

Attempts to contact Stonehocker were unsuccessful.

During his current term, Simpson has accomplished several tasks and hopes to continue his work.

“In the last three and a half years we finished our seventh new bridge and we did major overhaul on two other bridges,” he said. “We have purchased $38,000 worth of gravel to put on the roads. That is enough for 53 miles, but because of rain it has been used in spotting and fixing up damaged roads. We have only been able to do 17 miles because of other damage, bridges washing out and pipes washing out.”

According to Simpson because of changes, the county can gravel a road in about two days.

Previous to becoming a county commissioner, Simpson held several jobs, including teaching school for 20 years.

“I worked for the county for nine years before becoming county commissioner in 2007. I ran the back hoe, track hoe, welding, lots of things for the county,” he said.

Simpson also farms and ranches in the area. His education includes a master’s degree in agriculture from Oklahoma State University.

Roger Nichols

Roger Nichols has been a county commissioner for Alfalfa County and is ready to try his hand at it again.

Nichols is vying for the District 3 position in Tuesday’s Republican primary with three others, James H. Simpson, Ray Walker and Raymond Stonehocker, all of Helena. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, a runoff for the top two vote-getters will be Aug. 24. The winner will assume the post since no Democrat or independent candidates filed for office.

“I was a county commissioner for 12 years, four years ago. I do a little farming on the side but I am mostly retired,” he said. “I am going back out to meet the public.”

Before becoming a county commissioner and retiring, except for farming, Nichols ran a gas station and garage in Helena. Those who know Nichols have asked him to become involved in the county government again.

“I had several patrons around come to me and ask me to run,” Nichols said. “When I was in there before I enjoyed the work. I always got along with people real well.”

Nichols would like to work on several projects.

“I think roads and bridges are the main things, getting them up to date. It is probably the biggest area,” he said. “The courthouse is a big project that is not happening because of lack of funds. I want to put in hard work and see if we can get it done.”

Nichols is a Helena High School graduate.

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