Oklahoma City council elections coming this March

February 5, 2013 by  

As Oklahoma City’s 1st and 7th wards prepare for the upcoming city council elections, political flyer, poster printing, and signage are likely to be out in force on private property. However, as per city ordinance, signs may not be posted along state-maintained roads or bridges, including overpasses.

Ward 1, mostly between the Northwest Expressway and I-40 on the west side of the city, is currently represented by former OKC Fire Chief Gary Marrs, who was first elected in 2004, filling a vacancy left by current mayor Mick Cornett. He is challenged by Carolyn Sims – a realtor – and James Greiner – a graphic designer for Hobby Lobby. Greiner is running on a platform of strong families, involved churches, and unobtrusive local government.

Ward 7, consisting of the northeast part of the city, will be contested between several opponents. The incumbent, Ronald “Skip” Kelly – a trial attorney – was elected in 2007. His opponents are John Bilbury III, an Iraq War veteran and long-time federal employee; Lillie Buckner, an Interface Alliance board member with a background in political campaigning; John A. Pettis, Jr., a community organizer and Workforce Oklahoma board member; Ben T. Robinson, owner/president of Sentry One LLC and retired Air Force Brigadier General; and Star Young, a college student with experience in the foster care/mental health fields.

Wards 3 and 4, represented respectively by Larry McAtee and Pete White, did not put forth any opposing candidates.

With elections to be held March 5, the issue will be decided by a second-round runoff election April 2 if nobody claims a majority vote first time round.