Those who are interested in running for a seat on the Oklahoma City Council can file from January 27-31. At press time, Sam Bowman was the only sitting councilman who said he will not run for re-election.
The qualifications for City Council are as follows:
– Must be a United States citizen
– Must be at least 21 years old
– Must be a three-year resident of Oklahoma City
– Must be a six-month resident of the ward filing in
– Must be a qualified voter in Oklahoma City
Council members serve four-year terms with an annual salary of $12,000.
The filing fee is $200. In lieu of the fee, candidates may present a petition signed by 500 registered, eligible voters.
The primary election is March 1 and the general election, if needed, will be April 5.
Current ward representatives are: Gary Marrs, Ward 1; Sam Bowman, Ward 2; Larry McAtee, Ward 3; Pete White, Ward 4; Brian Walters, Ward 5; Meg Salyer, Ward 6; Ronald Skip Kelly, Ward 7 and Patrick Ryan, Ward 8.
Candidacy filing forms can be picked up from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Oklahoma County Election Board, 4201 North Lincoln Boulevard.
Log on to www.okc.gov to see an online version of the ward boundary map.For more information contact the Oklahoma County Election Board at 713-1515.
Over the next few weeks, The City Sentinel will print statements from the candidates for office intheir own words to help voters make informed decisions.