The Caddo Herald
July 25, 1930
Next Tuesday is the first primary election day. It is the duty of every qualified man and woman to vote and to vote intelligently, not as someone else says. The primary is the legal means whereby nominees of the several parties may be made. In several races there will be no second primary for the reason that only two are running. In the others a second primary will be held August 12th to select nominees from the two high persons in each office. This is a good law as nothing but the first election can convince those who had no chance that they had none. But every democrat should vote, and having voted should stay by the nominees made in the primary. The republicans also have a primary but their races are attracting little attention. Ira Hill and Jim Harris for governor, Pine will be the nominee for senator.
Owing to an extra large amount of political and legal matters this week and extra printers were not to be had, The Herald is a day late and a large number of local items are omitted.
Sam Lyon has Statement for County Voters
To my many friends and voters of Bryan County:
Sometime ago I made my announcement in this paper for the office of County Clerk of Bryan County. As it is impossible for me to see each voter personally I am taking this means of asking your support on July the 29th. Will give you a little history of myself. We moved to Bryan County about 19 years ago. I have received practically all of my education in this county, having graduated from Calera High School in 1917, and have had quite a bit of clerical experience. Have also had more than two years of actual experience as chief deputy in this office, having served all during Earl Ward’s administration and about four months under Walter Mills, the present county clerk. I thoroughly understand the duties of this office and can go in there and do the work.
It has been the democratic custom for any official to have a second term if he makes good, but Mr. Mills is asking you people to elect him for a fourth term and at the expiration of the term he will have served you for eight years. As no other county clerk of this county has ever asked for more than two terms prior to Mr. Mills I don’t feel that I am infringing on anyone’s right for asking your support on July 29th.
If I am elected I will consider it my duty to run this office as economically and efficiently as it can be done in order to save the tax payers all that I possibly can. Yours respectfully, SAM LYON, Candidate for County Clerk, Bryan County.
Lewis for county Clerk
To the People of Bryan County:
You already know that I am a candidate for county clerk of Bryan County on the democratic ticket, but as the election approaches I feel that I should make a statement concerning my candidacy.
I have lived in Bryan County for more than a quarter of a century. This is my home and what property interests I have are here. I pay taxes to help pay the expense of running the government. I received my education in the public schools of the county and Southeastern State Teachers’ College. I have been engaged in the teaching profession for the last thirteen years. I feel that I am qualified to perform the duties of county clerk in an efficient and faithful manner.
It may be of inters tot the votes of this county to know something of the office of country clerk. The first county clerk, Sam E. Swinney, held it for two terms. John Finney then held office for two terms, followed by Earl Ward who held the office for one term. In keeping with theses customs heretofore established by those who held the office of county clerk, no one has ever asked for a their term with the exception of the present incumbent who has already held it for two two-year terms and one four-year term making a total of eight years at the close of his present term and is now asking the voters for a fourth term, which is contrary to well established democratic principles. His predecessors filled the office with credit to themselves and the people of Bryan County and returned it to the people, having confidence in them that they would select their successors, equally competent and worthy. I approve of this policy and if you shall see fit to elect me County Clerk of Bryan County I will carry out the custom established and not ask for a third term.
No doubt you have been solicited as many others have, to support the present incumbent in order that the present employees might hold their jobs. I consider this manner of soliciting your support as unfair to myself and the voters of this county.
I am making this race on my merits alone; I have not tried to appeal to the people in any other manner. If I am elected I will not be under obligations to give any certain person or persons employment in that office as a reward for service rendered me in this campaign. I will be free to select assistants who are competent and suitable for the positions and then take my place with them and render the services for which I am compensated.
I ask you to look into this matter and give me your most careful consideration. I assure you that I will appreciate your support in casting your vote for Charles Lewis for county Clerk of Bryan County. My motto is “service, efficiency, honesty, and a square deal to everyone alike”. Respectfully, CHARLES LEWIS