One of the biggest decisions facing the winner of the special Senate District 43 race has to be made before the Oct. 11 election.
If they want to seek re-election, they have to move by Oct. 10.
The Senate District 43 seat was reconfigured and will be moved as part of the Senate redistricting plan that was approved this year. It is moving south from southern Oklahoma County and northern Cleve
Senate District 43 and other odd-
The filing period for legislators was moved up from early June to April to comply with federal voting laws. Filing starts April 11.
State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said that means legislative candidates have to be registered voters in their district by Oct. 10.
Democratic candidate Kenneth Meador, of Moore, said he isn't planning to run for the Senate District 43 post next year, while Republican Greg Childers, of Del City, said he is pondering what to do.
“I see this as an opportunity to serve the people of Senate District 43 as it currently stands,” said Meador, 30, a college student after serving three tours as a combat medic in Iraq. “I have no plans to move. ... We have absolutely no plans to uproot our family in order to pursue a job or a seat in the Senate.”
Childers, 41, who resigned as a contractor with the postal training center in Norman to run for the post, said he hasn't made a final decision on moving.
“We're focusing on this election right now,” he said. “I'm going to do what I need to do at that time to run for election in that district. We're exploring our options.”
Childers said earlier he planned to run next year for the full four-year term of Senate District 43 and that he was looking at moving to the Newcastle or Blanchard area, which will be in the new Senate District 43.
“Right at this very moment and time, I'm working on this campaign,” he said. “It's a mess.”
The Senate District 43 seat was held by Jim Reynolds, of Oklahoma City, who was elected Cleveland County's treasurer in November. He resigned his Senate seat in July.
Meador, like Childers, said he is concentrating on winning the Oct. 11 election. He didn't know what his political plans would be and whether he would run for the open Senate District 15 seat, where he would be living under the new Senate district; Sen. Jonathan Nichols, R-
“I see this as another opportunity to serve and even though it's only for a short period, I think it's a great opportunity,” Meador said. “Perhaps if there is a viable race or another viable way for me to serve the people of the state of Oklahoma again, I may take that opportunity.”
House District 1 field set
None of the eight candidates in the special House District 1 race in southeastern Oklahoma withdrew by Friday's deadline. Nor did they file challenges to any of the contenders by the 5 p.m. Friday deadline. The primary election is set for Nov. 8 and the general election is set for Feb. 14. The special election is necessary to fill the vacant House District 1 post, which covers most of McCurtain County, after Rusty Farley, from Haworth, died in July. Eight candidates — four Republicans, two Democrats and two independents — filed for the post. Republican and Democratic nominees will be chosen in the Nov. 8 primary election, while the independent candidates automatically go on the Feb. 14 ballot. The Republican candidates are Joe Silk, Kenny Sivard, Kevin George and Keith Bain. Democratic contenders are Curtis McDaniel and Donald Ray, while the independent candidates are James Skipper and Bethany Farley.
MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU