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.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD Zcampfield@opubco.com Published: January 15, 2013
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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.

Requirements

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.



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