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.
Marrs, 65, the city's former fire chief, joined the council in 2004 when he was elected to fill the remainder of Mick Cornett's term after Cornett won the mayor's job.
Marrs ran unopposed in 2005 and 2009.
McAtee, 74, was appointed to the council in 2001 when Jack Cornett was elected as county commissioner in Oklahoma County.
McAtee was elected to his first term in 2001 and was re-elected in 2004 and 2009. He owns a consulting firm, where he counsels businesses on manufacturing and leadership principals.
White served on the council from 1982-89 and won the Ward 4 seat again in 2005. He did not return messages Monday requesting a comment for this story.
Candidates for city council must be U.S. citizens, at least 21 years old and have been a city resident for at least three years.
Candidates also must be qualified voters in Oklahoma City and must have been registered to vote in the ward for which they intend to represent for at least six months before filing.
The filing fee is $200, or candidates can submit a petition signed by 500 registered, eligible voters instead.
Each council seat is for a four-year term and pays $12,000 annually.
Candidacy filing forms can be picked up from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the county election board offices.
Ward maps can be viewed at www.okc.gov.