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Oklahoma City Council candidates look for votes before Tuesday's election

Candidates in Tuesday's election for two seats on the Oklahoma City Council worked for votes on the final weekend of the race.
by William Crum Published: April 1, 2013

Candidates in runoffs for city council seats in Oklahoma City's Wards 1 and 7 worked to get their final messages to voters over the weekend. Early voting continues Monday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Oklahoma County Election Board office, 4201 N Lincoln Blvd. Regular precinct polling stations will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.


Gary Marrs

Volunteers rallied during the weekend for Gary Marrs — and the results were evident in northwest Oklahoma City's Ward 1, where signs promoting his re-election lined major roads.

Marrs, 66, is a former Oklahoma City fire chief first elected to the City Council in 2004.

He has been re-elected twice but is in a battle after running a close second in the March primary, despite a big fundraising advantage.

Saturday morning's volunteer rush was energetic, Marrs said: “We seem to have a lot of support.”

He went out Saturday afternoon with brochures and a couple of dozen yard signs in his own car.

Turnout is a major concern after only 5 percent of those eligible voted last month, he said.

“We don't put out anything that we don't highlight the date,” Marrs said.

He has been endorsed by Carolyn Sims, who ran third in the primary, and has financial support from retired firefighters and the Fraternal Order of Police.

Marrs spent $50,000 in the latest reporting period and still had $40,000 left for the final weeks.

James Greiner

“Team Greiner” — Ward 1 challenger James Greiner, his wife, Katie, and their 6-month-old daughter, Miriam — were out in their blue minivan, on a door-knocking trip at NW 54 Street and N Tulsa Avenue.

Dressed in a polo shirt and walking shoes, Greiner, 32, spent Saturday on the same tasks that helped him to a narrow win over incumbent Gary Marrs in last month's primary.

On doorsteps and in campaign mailings, Greiner said, he was continuing to make the case for limited government.

The city's primary responsibilities are to make sure neighborhoods are safe and roads are in good repair, he said.

Limited funds — about $5,400 on hand in mid-March — were of no concern, said Greiner, a graphic design team leader at Hobby Lobby.

“I've raised enough for what I wanted to spend it on,” he said.

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by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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