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Veteran Oklahoma City Council members forced into runoffs

Challengers in contested races in Ward 1, in northwest Oklahoma City, and Ward 7 on the northeast side will advance to next month's general election.
BY WILLIAM CRUM wcrum@opubco.com Modified: March 5, 2013 at 11:13 pm •  Published: March 5, 2013
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Kelly's case is on hold pending an appellate ruling on what cases become automatic felonies.

Vincent Harmon, 51, who voted at Wildewood Baptist Church on NE 63 Street, went with Kelly, calling him a “stand-up person.”

“He's a veteran and knows how to work with other people,” Harmon said.

Kelly reported raising nearly $29,000 for the race; Pettis said he had $5,250.

Pettis tied tax incentives for developers to jobs, saying economic development subsidies for northeast Oklahoma City should include requirements that businesses hire from within the ward.

Job training, street and sidewalk repairs, and transit system improvements ranked high on the list of concerns voiced by residents, he said.

Marrs trails

Marrs, 66, was first elected to the council in 2004 and re-elected in 2005 and 2009.

He is a former Oklahoma City fire chief and a Vietnam-era Air Force veteran.

He said the most effective thing a council member can do is strike a balance between promoting economic development and meeting neighborhood needs for such things as street maintenance and public safety.

Marrs reported having nearly $63,500 on hand a little more than a week before the election.

Greiner reported raising about $4,700 but said he knocked on 2,900 doors.

“They saw that I was willing to get out and meet them face to face and hear their concerns,” he said.

Active in his church and neighborhood association, he is a graphic design team leader at Hobby Lobby. Roads and public safety topped the list of voters' concerns, he said.

Marrs and Pettis couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Council members Larry McAtee in Ward 3 and Pete White in Ward 4 were unopposed in Tuesday's primary and will serve new four-year terms.