(Enid, OK) Republican candidates made their way to the YWCA in Enid looking to score points with voters for the June 30th primary election.

J.J. Stitt of Kingfisher is seeking to take the U.S. Senate seat from incumbent Jim Inhofe. Stitt spoke about second amendment rights and protecting firearms from being confiscated by the government. Inhofe did not attend, nor did he send a representative.

The race for Senate’s District 19 seat sees the incumbent Roland Pederson being challenged by Ward 6 Commissioner David Mason. David’s son Collin Mason spoke on his behalf saying, ““The politicians in Oklahoma City are simply not getting the job done. We need to elect people who have signed both sides of a paycheck.” Pederson put his record as vice chair of the Senate Agriculture and Wildlife Committee stating the state has moved forward especially in the area of education.

House District 40 sees Chad Caldwell challenged by attorney Taylor Venus. Caldwell has been a part of the House since 2014 stating he will continue to fight for the District and is blessed to be in the position he is in. Venus, meanwhile, cited his tenure as president of Enid Public School Foundation and our need to invest in education.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s race will see three candidates seeking the Republican nomination with Jody Helm facing two opponents in Deputy Dariel Momsen and Cory Rink from Noble County’s Sheriff’s Department. Helm took the role of Sheriff in 2019 after Sheriff Jerry Niles was suspended, and subsequently retired, after the death of inmate Anthony Huff. Helm has brought in outside firms in order to update and reform the department since his tenure began. Momsen is ready to take over the job after his tenure as Deputy, investigator and contract chief while working in Drummond. Momsen looks to promote transparency within the department. Rink has served as police chief in Covington as well as a Garfield County Deputy.

Primary election is set for June 30th, last day to request an absentee ballot is June 23rd at 5 pm.