A candidate for District Judge, District 15, Office 3, was stricken from the ballot Monday by the State Election Board. Joseph Josiah Stone, 53, of rural Stilwell, filed last week with the state board to oppose District Judge Jeff Payton, above, in the state election. But Payton, 50, also of Stilwell, challenged the eligibility of his opponent, and the election board agreed, voting to remove Stone. That means Payton is unopposed and will remain in office. In his challenge Payton said Stone has a misdemeanor conviction, and did not have the four years experience as an attorney or judge which is required for the post. Stay tuned to KXMX for the latest news, or visit www.kxmx.com.
By Sally Maxwell
Senior News Director