Hamil, Smiley win Woods County primary election
• Claflin, Johnson, Ross win in Alfalfa County
July 1, 2022
Woods County incumbents David Hamil and John Smiley won the Republican primary election on Tuesday, June 28, with more than 50 percent of the vote. Election returns are preliminary until ratified at 5 p.m. today, July 1.
Hamil received 62.78 percent of the vote while his opponent Willie McKinley had 37.22 percent. A total of 317 votes were cast in the County Commissioner District 1 race with Hamil receiving 199 and McKinley 118. Since no one else filed, Hamil retains his seat without further voting.
There were three candidates on the Republican ballot for County Commissioner District 3. Smiley received 59.51 percent of the vote, winning the primary. Jim Hofer had 24.49 percent and John M. Evans 15.99 percent of the 494 total votes cast. Smiley had 294 votes, Hofer 121 and Evans 79. The final outcome for District 3 will not be determined until the November General Election when Smiley will face Democrat Matthew Smith.
There were three races on the Republican ballots in Alfalfa County. Kelsi Claflin won in the County Treasurer vote, Garret Johnson won for County Commissioner District 1, and Nate Ross won for County Commissioner District 3. The winners of those races were determined by the primary as all candidates filed as Republicans.
In the County Treasurer voting, Claflin received 57.2 percent of the total while Donna Irvin had 32.06 percent and Shana Wells 10.74 percent. Of the 1,257 votes cast, Claflin had 719, Irvin 403 and Wells 135.
In the County Commissioner District 1 race, Johnson received 54.59 percent of the vote, Jay Hague had 23.85 percent, Tyler Mead had 17.20 percent and Chuck Green 4.36 percent. Of the 436 total votes cast, Johnson received 238, Hague 104, Mead 75 and Green 19.
In the County Commissioner District 3 election results, Ross received 63.72 percent of the vote while Alton Jackson had 20.70 percent and Ron Nickel 15.58 percent. Ross received 274 of the 430 total votes. Jackson had 89 votes and Nickel 67.