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Council seeks applicants for interim Ward 7 appointment, calls Aug. 28 special election
The Oklahoma City Council voted Tuesday to seek applicants for an interim representative for the vacated Ward 7 Council seat, and to call a special election on Aug. 28 for voters to select the permanent replacement.
The current Council member in Ward 7 vacated the seat by resigning effective May 31.
Interim appointment applications
The Council is asking for applications from people interested in serving as the interim Ward 7 representative, who will serve until voters select someone to finish the rest of the current four-year term.
The application deadline is 5 p.m. May 29.
Applicants must meet the same legal requirements as a candidate for election and include a one-page letter expressing why they want to serve.
Call (405) 297-2391 or email email@example.com for details.
Special election information
The candidate filing period is June 13-15 for the Aug. 28 primary special election. If only one qualifying candidate files to run, that candidate is automatically elected to office.
If a candidate earns a majority of the votes on Aug. 28, 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 serve until the current Ward 7 term 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.
See a Ward map at okc.gov/wardmap.
Candidates must submit a written declaration of candidacy, and state how their name will appear on the ballot.
Candidates must include a cashier’s or certified check for $200, or a petition supporting the filing signed by at least 500 registered voters eligible to vote for the candidate. The check will be returned if the candidate is unopposed, receives more than 15 percent of the votes cast in the primary special election or advances to the runoff.
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 Aug. 3 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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