Sunday, June 26, 2022 - The primary election is now underway, with early voting already over in Sequoyah County. On the ballot you will find two Sequoyah County men, Robert Philpot and Jim Rogers, vying for the District 3 County Commissioner seat.
In an effort to assist the public in getting to know each candidate a little better, both candidates were asked what their top priorities would be if elected.
Philpot stated, "I want to repair and maintain roads for the citizens of the county and for the accessibility of all emergency vehicles and personnel. I will maintain a budget to support the employees of the county, all local services to the citizens, emergency services, senior citizens, and update equipment. I will support local schools, the Cherokee Nation, federal agencies, and all the communities."
Philpot said he has worked for Sequoyah County for the past thirty years. "I believe it is time for Sequoyah County District 3 to make a change and return to its roots," Philpot added.
Current District 3 Commissioner Rogers stated, "I want to continue working with local and rural fire departments, law enforcement agencies, EMS services, 911 Dispatch, our hospital, and schools to upgrade our emergency communication system to digital, so we can provide top-notch service to keep our county and its residents safe and secure. I also want to attract new industry to our county in order to provide our residents with long-term, well-paying jobs. I want to continue to keep our county moving in a productive direction by continuing to make good, solid financial decisions that keep our county operating in the positive. With inflation at an all-time high, it's most important to keep proven conservative leadership in office. I also want to continue working with the Cherokee Nation and the City of Vian to bring the asphalt plant to completion. This project is near and dear to my heart because I see how beneficial it will be not only to the county but to its surrounding cities and towns. We have limited resources and money earmarked for our roads, and this would be a gamechanger for our county. We would be able to stretch those dollars to provide more road improvements than we ever could before. By continuing to collaborate with the Cherokee Nation and our cities as a team, we can make it happen!
"I believe all of these things will help to secure a safe and prosperous future for our children, grandchildren, and our senior citizens," Rogers added.
Election day is Tuesday, June 28 across the county. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., so be sure you get out and vote!
As always, The Mix 105.1 will be providing live election coverage from the Sequoyah County Election Board beginning after the polls close at 7 p.m.
Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer
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