Gov. Mary Fallin has scheduled special elections to fill the remaining two years of state Sen. Jerry Ellis' term in office.
Ellis, D-Valliant, can't serve the last two years of his four-year term because legislators are limited to serving 12 years in Oklahoma. Ellis was first elected to the Senate District 5 seat in 2008 after serving six years in the state House.
The Senate district includes Choctaw, McCurtain and Pushmataha counties and parts of Atoka and Le Flore counties.
The special elections to fill Ellis' seat will be held at the same time as Oklahoma's regularly scheduled elections. The primary election will be June 24, with a potential runoff election on Aug. 26. The general election will be Nov. 4.
Candidates can file for office April 9-11.