Election filing for Oklahoma City Council opens Jan. 29
Four incumbent Oklahoma City councilmen, — Gary Marrs, Ward 1; Larry McAtee, Ward 3; Pete White, Ward 4 and Skip Kelly, Ward 7 — said they will seek re-election to new four-year terms.
All four city council incumbents up for re-election in Oklahoma City this spring said they will run again for their respective offices.
Filing for Wards 1, 3, 4 and 7 is Jan. 29-31 at the Oklahoma County Election Board, 4201 N Lincoln.
A primary election is scheduled for March 5; the general election for April 2.
All four seats are for four-year terms.
With solid voter support in previous elections and minimal controversy since, three of the four incumbents — Gary Marrs, Ward 1; Larry McAtee, Ward 3; and Pete White, Ward 4 — will likely face little resistance to four more years on the council.
Ward 7 representative Skip Kelly, however, may face a harder road to re-election.
Kelly, who works as an attorney in Oklahoma City, 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.
“My constituents have supported me in reference to the decision I'm making (to run for re-election) and the people I've been talking to, and that's the status of it,” he said.
“We've already acknowledged that we're going to run, and so to that extent I haven't been convicted of anything.”
Kelly, 63, took over the remainder of former Councilwoman Willa Johnson's term in 2008 when Johnson was elected to the Oklahoma County Board of Commissioners. He ran unopposed in 2009.
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