Drew Edmondson, Scott Meacham, Sandy Garrett and Jeff McMahan Win Their Races
Tuesday, November 7th 2006, 2:44 pm
By: News On 6
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Incumbent Attorney General Drew Edmondson has won another term as the state's top legal officer by defeating Republican James Dunn.
Much of the campaign focused on Edmondson's lawsuit against more than a dozen poultry companies over pollution in the Illinois River and other eastern Oklahoma waterways. Edmondson accuses the poultry companies of causing the pollution.
Edmondson says the win shows voters want clean water and protection of the state's scenic river. He also says he believes his win is a statement about the work the attorney general's office has done during his 12 years in office.
State Treasurer Scott Meacham has won election to a full term in office by defeating Republican Howard Barnett.
Meacham was appointed state treasurer after Robert Butkin resigned to become dean of the University of Tulsa law school. Barnett is a former state secretary of commerce and was chief of staff to former Governor Frank Keating.
Meacham says he believes voters responded to his message that his office has worked hard to do a good job and that he's disappointed with the negative tone of the campaign.
State schools Superintendent Sandy Garrett has won another term as superintendent of Public Education in Oklahoma.
Early returns showed Garrett with more than 65 percent of the vote in her race against Republican Bill Crozie.
Former state Representative Lloyd Fields has defeated Republican Labor Commissioner Brenda Reneau.
Fields narrowly defeated Reneau in a rematch of a race won four years ago by Reneau when she received 52 percent of the vote.
And State Auditor and Inspector Jeff McMahan has won re-election to a second four-year term.
McMahan won nearly 53 percent of the vote in late returns with about three percent of the vote yet to be counted.
McMahan won in a rematch over Republican Gary Jones who he defeated in 2002.