Oklahoma City Council races develop after first day of filing

BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD zcampfield@opubco.com Modified: January 29, 2013 at 9:20 pm •  Published: January 30, 2013

Three people signed up Tuesday to challenge Ronald “Skip” Kelly for the Ward 7 seat on the Oklahoma City Council after the first day of filing for the upcoming municipal elections.

Kelly was among four council incumbents who filed to retain their seats, and only one other race developed during the day.

Filing for Wards 1, 3, 4 and 7 runs through Thursday at the Oklahoma County Election Board offices, 4201 N Lincoln Blvd. The election is scheduled for March 5; a runoff, if needed, would take place April 2.

Running against Kelly as of Tuesday will be John E. Bilbury III, 57, a retired veteran; Lillie R. Buckner, 74, a Democratic activist and board member for the Interfaith Alliance; and John A. Pettis Jr., 30, director of the Oklahoma Institute for Minority Affairs.

Kelly, 63, is an Oklahoma City attorney who was elected to the council in 2008 and ran unopposed in 2009.

He is facing a felony charge of driving while intoxicated after being arrested in January 2012 on suspicion of drunken driving for the second time in less than three years. A preliminary hearing is scheduled March 15.

If elected and then convicted on the charge, Kelly would have to give up his council seat.

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