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Lowe Beats Opponent

Harrison Trails In His Bid

By ROBERT E. BARNES Special to the Chronicle Jason Lowe, the criminal lawyer new as a candidate for public office who has made a name for himself by sponsoring annual community events during which he gave away back-to-school supplies to youngsters, won the state representative seat to be vacated by state Rep. Mike Shelton (Dem., Oklahoma City). State Rep. Shelton, term-limited by state law, did not seek reelection. He defeated businessman Chris Harrison with nearly 57 percent of the vote cast in Tuesday’s runoff election. (Mr. Harrison was elected to the Millwood School Board some time ago and now is president of that board.) Mr. Lowe received a little more votes than the votes he received in the Democratic primary election. He led three opponents in the primary, but mustered only 47 percent of the vote, making necessary Tuesday’s runoff. Mr. Harrison placed second in the primary, and was, therefore, Mr. Lowe’s opponent on Tuesday. Having gotten the endorsement of the third-place finisher in the primary, Mr. Harrison managed to add considerably to his totals on Tuesday gained in the primary, but that was not enough to win. He trailed Mr. Lowe with about 43 percent of the vote. The third-place primary election finisher is, himself, another lawyer, who was new to politics, as well. Mr. Harrison, owner of Heritage Funeral Home, gained , too, labor’s support in the contest, as well as that of a number of civic leaders, including State Sen. Anastasia Pittman (Dem., Oklahoma City). Since there is no Republican candidate, Mr. Lowe, actually, was elected to be District 97’s next state representative. Tuesday’s actual vote tally was: Mr. Lowe, 1,829 (56.7 percent) and Mr. Harrison, 1, 396) (43.3 percent). Jason Lowe won Tuesday’s runoff election, defeating Chris Harrison with nearly 57 percent of the vote.

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