Six candidates have filed to run against incumbent Ronald “Skip” Kelly for the Ward 7 seat on the Oklahoma City Council in the March 5 primary election.
Filing for Wards 1, 3, 4 and 7 closed at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Two candidates are challenging incumbent Gary Marrs for the Ward 1 seat representing northwest Oklahoma City.
Ward 3 Council Member Larry McAtee and Ward 4 Council Member Pete White are unopposed for re-election.
Running against Kelly for the northeast-side seat are John E. Bilbury III, 57; Lillie R. Buckner, 74; John A. Pettis Jr., 30; Star Young, 29; Ben T. Robinson, 65; and Randon Gibson, 25.
Kelly, 63, is an Oklahoma City attorney. He was appointed to the council in 2008 and ran unopposed in 2009.
Kelly faces 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 he is elected and subsequently convicted on the charge, Kelly would have to give up his council seat.
Running against Marrs, the 66-year-old retired Oklahoma City fire chief, are James Greiner, 31, and Carolyn Sims, 63.
Marrs was elected in 2004 to complete the final year of now-Mayor Mick Cornett's term. Marrs was unopposed for re-election in 2005 and 2009.
McAtee, 74, was appointed to the council in 2001. White, 73, served on the council from 1982 to 1989 and returned after winning election in 2005.
White also serves as chairman of the Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust.
Council members serve four-year terms and earn $12,000 per year.
Candidates can file by paying a $200 fee or by submitting 500 signatures of registered, eligible voters. All of this year's candidates paid the fee, said Doug Sanderson, the Oklahoma County Election Board secretary.
The general election is April 2.