Residents of Sallisaw elected a new mayor on Tuesday.
Three candidates ran for the Sallisaw mayor position during the Sallisaw regular municipal election Tuesday, according to unofficial results taken from the Oklahoma State Election Board website. With all six precincts reporting, Ernie Martens emerged victorious, winning 400 votes, or 50.63 percent of the total. His competitors, Robert Jamison and incumbent Jim Hudgens, won 231 and 159 votes respectively.
Sequoyah County Election Board Secretary Cindy Ann Osborn said Martens will serve out the remainder of Hudgens' unexpired term, which is two years.
Other contested races in the election were for the Ward 2 and Ward 4 positions on the Sallisaw Board of City Commissioners. In the race for the Ward 2 position, with all three precincts reporting, Philip Gay won 93 votes, or 61.59 percent, while the incumbent, Roena Poindexter, won 58 votes, or 38.41 percent. Meanwhile, Shannon Vann beat out Jonathan D. Richardson in the Ward 4 position race. With all four precincts reporting, Vann won 146 votes, or 56.81 percent, and Richardson won 111 votes, or 43.19 percent.
Osborn said the results of the election will be certified Friday afternoon.