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Turner seeks re-election

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Eastern District Comanche County Commissioner Gail Turner has announced he will seek reelection.   

Turner, a Republican, has served four consecutive terms on the commission starting in 1998.   

“In the last several years our community has overcome natural disasters, such as grass fires, drought, record ice and snow storms,” he said in a statement announcing his candidacy for re-election. “Together, as a community, we have overcome these challenges and have come through them stronger and better able to face future challenges.   

“I believe that we should continue our progress and success as we face challenges and not put our trust in inexperienced and unproven hands. Through it all we have experienced economic growth in our cities and towns, while we still preserve our rural way of life.   

“The future together is bright. With your continued support and vote we will continue to build a stronger community.”   

A 1973 graduate of MacArthur High School, Turner attended Cameron University. He worked in the financial industry and owned a dirt contracting business before running for office.   

Turner lives in east Lawton and is the father of four children: Jared, Chase, Kaylee and Ross.

 

Hawthorne cites first-term accomplishments

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Western District Comanche County Commissioner Don Hawthorne of Cache has announced he is a candidate for re-election.   

“‘I am proud of the acc o m p l i s h - ments that we have made during my first term, but there is more I would like to see done,” Hawthorne said in a statement announcing his candidacy.   

During his first term, he placed a major emphasis on repairing roads and bridges within the district and upgrading District 3 equipment, the commissioner said.   

Under his direction, the West Lee Boulevard project, which covered 5.4 miles and cost more than $6 million, was completed, Hawthorne said. The road crew has redone more than 60 miles of roads using county highway and FEMAfunding. Two bridges have been replaced and three more are scheduled for replacement, he said, and 42 bridges have been repaired.   

Working with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the City of Lawton, Hawthorne said, he initiated obtaining funding for the replacement of 112th Street between Cache Road and Lee Boulevard.   

He said he has upgraded District 3’s equipment by replacing five older motor graders with new ones; bought a new backhoe and front-end loader; and added newer trucks to the fleet, including obtaining a no-interest loan from ODOT’s Revolving Fund for three 2014 10-wheel dump trucks. He also obtained a grant to purchase a new wood chipper. He said he purchased a boom truck for trimming trees that hang over the roadways, a patch truck, and equipment to clean out bar ditches around culverts.  

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