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Oklahoma City councilman's campaign files spending report

Firefighters, developers made significant contributions to first-term city Councilman John A. Pettis Jr. from northeast Oklahoma City's Ward 7.
by William Crum Modified: May 15, 2013 at 8:59 pm •  Published: May 16, 2013
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Recently elected city Councilman John A. Pettis Jr. raised about $9,000, much of it from developers, at a postelection Bricktown reception, according to his campaign finance report.

Pettis, 30, defeated two-term incumbent Ronald “Skip” Kelly for the Ward 7 seat on April 2.

Ward 7 is a sprawling district that encompasses northeast Oklahoma City, from Bricktown to rural neighborhoods far from the urban core.

Pettis missed Monday's filing deadline but the report was posted with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission by 2 p.m. Wednesday. Pettis blamed a computer glitch for the delay.

Pettis collected three $1,000 donations and one $500 donation on April 29, the day of the Bricktown reception, from contributors who were identified as developers.

One, Mark Ruffin, is developing a new Social Security office in northeast Oklahoma City. Ruffin had given $4,000 to Kelly leading up to the election; he gave the newly elected Pettis $1,000.

Pettis also got $1,000 on April 29 from the Oklahoma Municipal Contractors Association political action committee.

The Bricktown reception at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center included suggested giving levels for hosts, at $5,000, and sponsors at $2,500 (gold), $1,000 (silver) and $500 (bronze).

Invitations were sent under the name of The Bricktown Association, a business group. Businesses kicked in $1,750 for food and other expenses.

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by William Crum
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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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