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Ward 7 Councilman John Pettis resigns effective May 31
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Regular voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at your usual polling location.
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