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Ward 7 Councilman John Pettis resigns effective May 31

Post Date:05/17/2018 12:46 PM

Ward 7 Councilman John A. Pettis Jr. has resigned his seat on the Oklahoma City Council effective May 31. A primary special election to fill the vacated seat will be Aug. 28.

Councilman Pettis submitted the resignation in a letter received Thursday by Mayor David Holt. The resignation applies to Councilman Pettis’ other positions on City boards, trusts and commissions.

Councilman Pettis was first elected to his seat in the April 2013 general election and was re-elected with a majority victory in the February 2017 primary election.

As required by the Oklahoma City Charter, the Council will take two actions within 30 days of the resignation’s effective date:

  • Appoint, by majority vote, a qualified person to immediately fill the vacancy.
  • Call a special election to fill the vacancy for the rest of the four-year term. Aug. 28 is the next available election date.

Special election information

In its future resolution calling the Aug. 28 primary special election in Ward 7, the Council will set a 3-day candidate filing period. If only one qualifying candidate files to run, that candidate is automatically elected to office.

If a candidate earns a majority of the votes in the Aug. 28 primary, he or she wins the seat. Otherwise, the two candidates with the most votes will stand in a decisive runoff Nov. 6.

The winner will represent Ward 7 on the Council for the remainder of the term, which ends in April 2021.

Qualifying candidates must be:

  • a U.S. citizen;
  • at least 21 years old;
  • a qualified Oklahoma City voter;
  • a resident of Oklahoma City or an area that has been annexed by Oklahoma City for at least three years before the election date;
  • a resident of Ward 7 for at least six months;
  • and a registered voter at an address within Ward 7 for at least six months before filing a declaration of candidacy.

Click here to see a Ward map.

The Oklahoma City Council has nine members: the Mayor, who is elected citywide, and one member representing each of Oklahoma City’s eight Wards.

The Council is nonpartisan and members serve part-time at the head of the City’s Council-Manager form of government. The Mayor’s annual salary is $24,000, and Council members’ annual salary is $12,000.

Voting and registration information

All Ward 7 voters registered by the Aug. 3 deadline are eligible to vote in the Aug. 28 primary special election.

Use your voter ID card or the Oklahoma State Election Board’s online voter tool at ok.gov/elections to find your polling location or confirm your registration.

You can download a voter registration form at ok.gov/elections. They’re also available at your local county election board, post offices, tag agencies, libraries and other public locations.

Voters who have disabilities can find more information about voter assistance in Oklahoma at ok.gov/elections.

State law requires proof of identity to vote. Acceptable forms of ID are a voter ID card, driver’s license or another form of ID issued by the federal government, state government or federally recognized tribal government. Voters may also cast a provisional ballot by proving their identity with a signed, sworn affidavit.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the primary special election is 5 p.m. Aug. 22. Apply for an absentee ballot or download an absentee ballot request form at ok.gov/elections.

Overseas voters, including military members, can get more information about overseas absentee voting at ok.gov/elections.

Early voting for the primary special election is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 23-24 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Oklahoma County Election Board, 4201 N Lincoln Blvd., (405) 713-1515.

Regular voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at your usual polling location.

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Media Contact
Kristy Yager
(405) 297-2550 / (405) 863-2831
kristy.yager@okc.gov

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