Filing dates are Dec. 5-7 for Oklahoma City Council election in 2017
Filing dates are Dec. 5-7 for the Oklahoma City Council election in 2017 for Wards 1, 3, 4, and 7.
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 the Ward in which they are running for at least six months;
- and a registered voter at an address within the Ward in which they’re running for at least six months before filing a declaration of candidacy.
The candidates in each Ward will face off in the primary election Feb. 14. If any candidate receives a majority of the votes in that Ward, he or she is elected to office.
If no candidate receives a majority of votes in the primary, the two candidates with the highest number of votes will stand in a decisive general election April 4.
If any Ward has only one qualified candidate, that candidate is automatically elected to office.
Candidates are elected to four-year terms. The annual salary is $12,000.
To file as a candidate, submit a written declaration of candidacy to the Oklahoma County Election Board with your name (as you want it to appear on the ballot), address, Ward and the name of the office for which you are running.
Candidates must pay a $200 filing fee by cashier’s check or certified check, or provide a petition in support of the candidacy signed by 500 registered voters eligible to vote for the candidate. The petition is available from the Oklahoma County Election Board.
The check is returned if the candidate is unopposed, receives more than 15 percent of the votes in the primary election or advances to the general election.
Oklahoma County Election Board
4201 N Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-5210
In January, the City Clerk’s Office will provide to candidates copies of the Ethics Commission Campaign Reporting Manual and Forms.
Call Frances Kersey, City Clerk, at (405) 297-2397 for questions or details.