Incumbents lead in money race
City council members Gary Marrs and Ronald “Skip” Kelly reported having far more money than their opponents headed into Tuesday's primary election in Oklahoma City.
Marrs reported this week having nearly $63,500 on hand, after spending a little more than $16,000, mostly on printing and mailing. The former Oklahoma City fire chief represents Ward 1 in northwest Oklahoma City. Marrs reported donations from 75 individuals, including $5,000 from Larry Nichols, co-founder and executive chairman of Devon Energy Corp.
Ward 1 challenger Carolyn Sims said she had raised about $5,300 and spent $2,900. James Greiner said he had raised about $4,700 and spent $3,700.
In the Ward 7 race in northeast Oklahoma City, Kelly reported having $27,000 on hand after spending $1,800, most of it on mailing.
Among Kelly's six challengers, John Bilbury III reported having about $2,100 on hand after raising $1,100 and loaning his campaign $966.23. John Pettis Jr. said he had about $2,800 after raising $5,250 and spending $2,500.