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Voters elect Johnson to county commissioner post

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With all precincts reporting, Oklahoma City voters elected Councilwoman Willa Johnson as county commissioner. Johnson outdistanced former state legislator Forrest Claunch for the vacated District 1 Oklahoma Board of County Commissioners post.

Johnson received 5,967 votes, 54 percent, to Claunch's 5,083 votes, 46 percent. The longtime city council member maintains a Democrat party hold on the District 1 seat. She replaces fellow Democrat Jim Roth who left the office to fill a vacancy on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Republicans still hold the majority on the county commission board with Republicans Brent Rinehart and Ray Vaughn.

Johnson's victory snaps a string of defeats in her quest to move up to higher office. She has twice run for the state Senate only to lose in the primaries both times.

Claunch served for many years in the state House of Representatives before mandated term limits forced him to leave last year.

Johnson will take up her seat on the county commission board as soon as the vote is certified and she is sworn into office. - Scott Cooper

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