Elections Tuesday will put a new state senator and representative in office, decide hundreds of millions of dollars in bond issues and elect local officials for city councils and school boards.
Voters in state House District 71 — south Tulsa along the east bank of the Arkansas River — will decide who should take the seat left vacant by Rep. Dan Sullivan, R-Tulsa, when he resigned.
In Pawnee, Noble, Logan counties and most of Kingfisher County, voters will elect a senator to fill Senate District 20, which was left vacant when former Sen. David Myers, R-Ponca City, died Nov. 11.
Both special elections will be the only item on the ballot for the vast majority of voters in the districts. It could be a small turnout for a state race, some candidates fear.
Polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Voters must bring a valid form of identification, such as an unexpired Oklahoma driver's license or voter registration card.
Precincts can be found at www.
Residents in the Mustang School District will consider nearly $100 million in bond issues that would be used to build a new elementary school and two new centers for fifth and sixth grades, and to renovate three gymnasiums.
Mary Leaver, Mustang Schools spokeswoman, reminded residents within the school district that they can vote on the issue even if they live outside the city limits.
“We've been very fortunate in Mustang for the past few years; we've had quite a bit of support for our bond issues,” Leaver said. “Of course, we never want to take anything for granted.”
She said she hopes the city of Mustang's mayoral race also will help bring voters to the polls.
The bond issue, if passed, would be the largest in the growing school district's history. It would also likely result in an increase in property taxes by 2 to 4 mills, according to the district. For a house valued at $100,000, that would be an increase of roughly $20 a year; however, it will vary by county.
Luther Public Schools, in northeast Oklahoma County, has a $13.7 million bond issue on the ballot, to build a new high school for the school district.
Luther Schools Superintendent Paul Blessington said the existing high school would become a school for fifth through eighth grades, and the existing middle school would then hold third and fourth grades.
“We've experienced a lot of growth as far as in our elementary school,” Bless
He said the need isn't going away, and the bond issue also would pay for renovations at the existing buildings, such as new air-conditioning units and repairs to roofs.
The bond issue should not result in a property tax increase, Blessington said.
It would replace a bond issue that voters approved previously for a new auditorium, which has been paid off, he said.
Also on local ballots
Cushing Public Schools has a $41.5 million bond issue for voters to consider that would build a new middle school and provide renovations to the high school, auditorium and stadium, middle schools and one elementary school. The bond issue would result in an increase in property taxes, according to the district.
Other school districts in the counties surrounding Oklahoma County that have bond issues on the ballot Tuesday are Amber-Pocasset, Anadarko, Pauls Valley, Chandler, Glencoe, Rush Springs and Union City.
Tuesday is also the runoff election for the February school board elections that didn't have a single candidate earn more than 50 percent of the vote.
Alex, Jones, Okarche, Wellston and Yukon school districts have runoff elections for board seats.
Voters in Piedmont and Norman will select city council members for half of the wards in each city, and Mustang voters will elect a mayor Tuesday.