Three more candidates for legislative office withdrew Tuesday and five challenges to legislative races were filed.
Tuesday was the deadline for candidates to challenge whether opponents met requirements and for candidates to have their names removed from the June 26 primary election ballot. Two candidate challenges were filed Monday, but they were resolved when both contenders being challenged withdrew by Tuesday's 5 p.m. deadline.
The five candidate challenges will be heard Monday by the state Election Board.
Republican Maurice Aldridge, of Oklahoma City, withdrew from the House District 83 race, a day after Rep. Randy McDaniel, R-Oklahoma City, challenged his qualifications. McDaniel said Aldridge was not a registered Republican for six months before last week's filing period, as required by law.
Aldridge's withdrawal means McDaniel won't have a primary election. Ed Holzberger is the only Democrat to file for the seat.
Dan Collier, a Democrat from Edmond, withdrew from the Senate District 41 race, leaving three candidates in the race: Sen. Clark Jolly, R-Edmond, Republican Paul Blair, of Edmond, and independent Richard Prawdzienski, of Edmond. Jolley and Blair will face other in the June 26 primary election; the winner will meet Prawdzienski in the Nov. 6 general election.
Republican Mark Beard, of Oklahoma City,
Monday, Rep. Ann Coody, R-Lawton, won re-election when her only opponent dropped out of the House District 64 race. Ryan D. Jernigan, of Lawton, withdrew from the race after Coody challenged whether he had been a registered voter in the district six months before last week's filing period. Coody also challenged whether he had been a Republican for the required six months before last week's filing period.
• House District 53: Republican Mark McBride, of Moore, contends Republican Eric E. Beu, who said he lives in Moore, does not live in the district and was not a registered voter in the district for the six-month period before the filing period. Two other Republicans are in the race — Brian Graham, of Moore, and Paula Sullivan, of Norman.
• Senate District 45: Republican Kyle Loveless, of Oklahoma City, claims that Republican Mark Schwieso, of Mustang, is not a registered voter of the district for the required six months before the filing period. No other candidates filed for the post.
• House District 88: Democrat Mike Dover, of Oklahoma City, contends Democrat Mark Faulk, of Oklahoma City, failed to meet the six-month residency requirement. Two Republicans, Douglas R. Garcia and Aaron Kaspereit, and three other Democrats, Kay Floyd, Matt Harney and Steve Cortes, filed for the post. All are from Oklahoma City.
• Senate District 13: Sen. Susan Paddack, D-Ada, claims that Democrat Fred E. Smith, of Ada, is not a registered voter and ineligible to be a candidate because he has been convicted of embezzlement in another state. No other candidates filed for the post.
• House District 16: Rep. Jerry Shoemake, D-Morris, contends that Republican Daniel Arnett, of Henryetta, failed to meet the candidate residency requirements. Republican James Delso, of Henryetta, also has filed for the post.