OKC VeloCity | Candidates finalized for Feb. 12 Oklahoma City Council election in Wards 2, 5, 6 and 8

Candidates finalized for Feb. 12 Oklahoma City Council election in Wards 2, 5, 6 and 8

By Staff Reports / Inside OKC / December 12, 2018

The Oklahoma County Election Board has finalized the list of candidates for the Oklahoma City Council elections on Feb. 12, disqualifying one candidate who filed to run in Ward 5.

The nonpartisan election will decide who represents Wards 2, 5, 6 and 8 on the Council for the next four-year term, which begins in April 2019. See a Ward map at okc.gov/WardMap.

The election board voted to remove one Ward 5 candidate at the conclusion of a hearing Tuesday. The board ruled the candidate did not meet residency rules, which require candidates to have been registered voters in the Ward in which they are running for at least six months before filing to run.

Qualified candidates, listed in the order in which they filed to run, are:

Ward 2

  • James Cooper
  • Mike Dover
  • Suzanne Broadbent
  • Tracey Halley Terrell
  • Marilyn Davidson

Ward 5

  • David Greenwell (incumbent)
  • Kristina Hull

Ward 6

  • Nathaniel Harding
  • JoBeth Hamon
  • Jim Holman

Ward 8

  • Mark Stonecipher (incumbent)
  • Lauren Durmus

How the election proceeds in each Ward depends on the number of qualified candidates:

  • In Wards 5 and 8, the winner of the primary election on Feb. 12 is elected to office.
  • In Wards 2 and 6 where more than two qualified candidates are running, the primary election on Feb. 12 determines whether a runoff on April 2 is necessary.
    • If a candidate earns more than half of the votes on Feb. 12, he or she is elected to office. No runoff is necessary.
    • If no candidate earns more than half of the votes on Feb. 12, the two candidates with the most votes advance to the April 2 runoff. The runoff winner is elected to office.

The City Council has nine members: the Mayor, who is elected citywide, and one member from each of Oklahoma City’s eight Wards. They serve part-time at the head of the City’s Council-Manager form of government. The Mayor’s annual salary is $24,000, and each Council member’s annual salary is $12,000.

Voting information

All voters in Wards 2, 5, 6, and 8 are eligible to vote in the Feb. 12 primary election. See a Ward map at okc.gov/WardMap.

To check or update your registration status, visit the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website at ok.gov/elections. Find your polling place on your voter ID card or use the online voter tool.

The deadline to register to vote in the election is Jan. 18. Download a voter registration form at ok.gov/elections. They’re also available at your local county election board, post offices, tag agencies, libraries and other public locations.

Voters who have disabilities can find more information about voter assistance in Oklahoma at ok.gov/elections.

State law requires proof of identity to vote. Acceptable forms of ID are a voter ID card, driver’s license or another form of ID issued by the federal government, state government or federally recognized tribal government. Voters may also cast a provisional ballot by proving their identity with a signed, sworn affidavit, which is available at the polling station.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the primary election is 5 p.m. Feb. 6. Apply for an absentee ballot or download an absentee ballot request form at ok.gov/elections.

Overseas voters, including military members, can get more information about overseas absentee voting at ok.gov/elections.

Early voting for the primary election is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 7-8 at your local county election board:

Regular voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at your usual polling locationEMBARK bus and OKC Streetcar service will be free on all routes on Feb. 12 to help voters get to the polls.

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