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Barnett, Henley face off in school board election

Voters head to the polls on Tuesday, April 6 to decide if Neeley(Bell) Barnett or Lee Henley will fill the seat vacated by 10 year Davis School Board veteran Brent Gee. Barnett and Henley are friends, both wishing each other luck in the race, with an agreement that the person who doesn’t fill the vacant seat will run again next year.
Neeley (Bell) Barnett
Barnett is a 1996 graduate of Davis High School and she graduated from Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Texas, in 1999 with an associate of science degree. Her husband, Todd, is a DHS alumni, and their daughters Kobi and Lexi are both Davis High School graduates. Barnett has one son, Dallas, in seventh grade. She has worked at Mike Hellack Chevrolet for 20 years.
Barnett has been involved with DPW, Ag Boosters and Wolf Boosters. She is currently working with The Davis Alumni Association, Kiwanis and the Murray County Fairboard.
“I feel strongly a woman should be on the board,” she said. “I can help bring a woman and a mother’s perspective. Covid is on the decline, open the lockers. Covid has affected our fundraisers for school activities and financial bottom line. It’s all about the kids. Helping them.”
As a board member Barnett says she will strive to assist in working toward accomplishing goals to help our students, teachers, coaches and school system. “I know firsthand how wonderful our schools are, but also the work that still needed to bring out the best in every child and educator,” Barnett said.
Lee Henley
Henley is a 1997 graduate of Davis High School. He attended East Central University and Oklahoma State University earning an associates degree. Lee’s wife, Amanda, is a DHS alumn and they have two children, Emerson who is in seventh grade and Jesse who is a freshman at Davis High School. Henley worked for the Chickasaw nation and has been with Valero for 17 years.
Henley is involved with his daughters sports teams and was a member of the Wolf Boosters. He and his family attend Pathway Church.
“I want to have the opportunity to have a hands on approach to directly affect what is going on with our children, teachers and school,” Henley said.
Henley is confident his living in Davis his whole life gives him a great perspective to serve on the school board. “As a lifelong Davis resident, Davis grad and the father of two Davis students, I am running for school board because I care deeply about our school system,” Henley said. “I bring a lifetime of knowledge of what goes on in our community. If you want to support our students, teachers and administration vote for me on April 6.”
Voting Information
Early voting begins Thursday for voters in Murray County. Voters who will not be able to make it to the polls on Election Day, have the option of voting early at their County Election Board.
Murray County Election Board Secretary, Tommie Grimes, said early voting is open to all voters.
“You do not need to provide an excuse to vote early. Oklahoma allows early voting for all elections conducted through the State Election Board – from school board and municipal elections to state and federal elections. This is a great option for those who will be out of town on Election Day or who want to avoid long lines,” Grimes said.
Early voting is available April 1 and April 2 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the County Election Board located at 703 West Eleventh Street in Sulphur. Grimes reminds voters that early voting is not available at polling locations.
Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, April 6, for the Sulphur and Davis School Board Elections. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Murray County Election Board Secretary, Tommie Grimes recommends voters with questions about their eligibility or polling place call before Election Day.
“We provide a number of additional services to voters on Election Day, so it can get very busy. If you have any questions, we strongly suggest you call or come by the week before Election Day if possible. If you find that you do have a question on Election Day, however, don’t hesitate to call.”
Grimes says the State Election Board’s OK Voter Portal is the easiest way for voters to verify their registration or locate their polling place. The OK Voter Portal can be found at oklahoma.gov/elections/ovp.
The Murray County Election Board reminds voters to bring a current federal or Oklahoma state-issued photo ID, or federally-recognized tribal ID to their polling place. An official Voter Identification Card can also be used as proof of identity. If you forget your ID, you may still cast a provisional ballot by signing an affidavit. Provisional ballots will be verified and counted after Election Day and before the election is certified.
The Murray County Election Board is located at 703 West 11th in Sulphur and is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. For questions, please contact the Election Board at (580) 622-3800.

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