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Learn more about Oklahoma City Council candidates on the Feb. 12 ballot

By Kaylee Terracina / Inside OKC / January 17, 2019

Oklahoma City residents have an opportunity to impact Oklahoma City’s future growth on Feb. 12 when they vote in Oklahoma City Council elections.

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. A total of 12 candidates filed to run for Oklahoma City Council elections, including incumbents David Greenwell (Ward 5) and Mark Stonecipher (Ward 8). Other candidates are James Cooper, Mike Dover, Suzanne Broadbent, Tracey Halley Terrell and Marilyn Davidson for Ward 2; Kristina Hull for Ward 5; Nathaniel Harding, JoBeth Hamon and Jim Holman for Ward 6; and Lauren Durmas for Ward 8.

While the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber does not endorse candidates for any city office, the Chamber asked all City Council candidates to complete a survey that would ascertain their stance on criminal justice reform, regional transit initiatives, the MAPS program, economic development programs and more. Learn more about each candidate and their responses below.

Ward 2 candidates

Ward 2 candidates who responded to the Chamber’s survey include Suzanne Broadbent, James Cooper, Marilyn Davidson and Mike Dover. Tracey Halley Terrell did not respond.

Read the full responses of Broadbent, Cooper, Davidson and Dover.

Ward 5 candidates

Incumbent David Greenwell will face Kristina Hull for the Ward 5 seat. Greenwell’s responses to the survey are summarized below.

Read Greenwell’s full responses here.

Ward 6 candidates

JoBeth Hamon, Nathaniel Harding and Jim Holman are vying for the Ward 6 seat, and all three candidates responded to the Chamber’s survey.

Read the full responses of Hamon, Harding and Holman.

Ward 8 candidates

Incumbent Mark Stonecipher will face Lauren Durmus at the polls on Feb. 12. Both candidates completed the Chamber survey, and their responses are summarized below.

 

Read the full responses from Stonecipher and Durmus.

Election 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. 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.

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 boardpost officestag agencieslibraries and other public locations.

Editor's note: The original article originally stated the Chamber had not received the completed survey of James Cooper, a candidate for City Council Ward 2.  Cooper did, in fact, return his survey to the Chamber on December 31, 2018, and his responses are now included below. We apologize for the error. In addition, Ward 8 candidate Lauren Durmas submitted her responses on Jan. 24, and we updated the article to include her answers at that time.  

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