, Muskogee, OK

June 8, 2014

Cherokee County official in race with newcomer

Incumbent cites goals; foe sees room to do better

By E.I. Hillin
Phoenix Staff Writer

— Editor’s Note: One in a series of election stories.

Cherokee County’s District 1 commissioner race pits incumbent Doug Hubbard against retired welder Ted French.

Hubbard, who has 12 years of experience in the office, said he wants a fourth term and has plans to complete goals, including the Combs Bridge over the Illinois River.

French said he wants a chance to make improvements.

“From what I see, there can be more improvements on the roads,” French said. “I have seen so many bad roads in our county, I decided maybe I can make a difference in this.”

Hubbard said he was particularly proud of two accomplishments in the county.

“The first big accomplishment was we voted in a sales tax for a new detention center and completed the detention center,” he said. “I also have built a new county barn facility for all the county’s equipment.”

Resurfacing as many roads as possible is on Hubbard’s priority list, he said.

Hubbard said that he felt qualified when he first ran 11 years ago.

“Now, I feel like I am really qualified,” he said. “I feel like I can do a good job.”

French didn’t mind that he doesn’t have as much experience in county commissioner work as Hubbard.

“I don’t even know who my opponent is,” French said. “I haven’t met him in my life, and he’s been my commissioner for 12 years.”

French, who also is concerned about the roads, said he would work closely with the Cherokee Nation to get funding to pave roads on bus routes. “It would save taxpayers money from maintaining buses,” French said.

A retired welder, French has a background in construction, and he also has the capability to use heavy equipment, he said.

“I was a foreman for 10 years over a welding shop. I have mechanic experience,” French said.

One thing French said he could bring to the table as the county commissioner would be the ability to communicate with the Cherokee tribe members.

“I am a full-blood Cherokee,” he said. “I can speak and understand Cherokee.”

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Meet the candidates

NAME: Doug Hubbard

AGE: 60.

HOMETOWN: Tahlequah.


CAREER: Retired construction business, earth moving equipment, contractor sewer lines and water lines.

EDUCATION: Graduated in 1976 with a degree in business education from Northeastern State University.

FAMILY: Wife, Pat Hubbard; son, Brandon Hubbard; daughter, Missie Warner; three grandchildren.

HOBBIES: Avid hunter, cattle rancher, hanging out with three grandchildren.

NAME: Ted French

AGE: 71.

HOMETOWN: Tahlequah.


CAREER: Retired welder.

EDUCATION: Tulsa Welding School. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M/Oklahoma State graduate with degree in industrial technology.

FAMILY: Three sons, one daughter, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

HOBBIES: “I’ve got so many, anything I do is a hobby for me. I’m a retired welder.”


Key dates

For primaries:

• June 18. Deadline to request an absentee ballot.

• Early voting:

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 19.

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 20.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 21.

• June 24 primary.

For Aug. 26 runoffs:

• Aug. 1. Last day to register to vote.

• 5 p.m. Aug. 20. Deadline to request absentee ballot.

• Early voting:

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 21.

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 22.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 23.

• Aug. 26, statewide runoff.

For Nov. 4 general election:

• Oct. 10. Last day to register to vote.

• 5 p.m. Oct. 29. Deadline to request absentee ballot.

• Early voting:

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 30.

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 31.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 1.

• Nov. 4, statewide general election.