Four county election boards opened for early voting from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday for voters to decide who will be City of Oklahoma City’s next mayor.
Also on the ballot are candidates for Board of Education seats in Oklahoma City Public Schools.
Early voting will continue Friday at election boards from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, regular polling locations will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The city’s expansive boundaries cover most of Oklahoma County but also reach into Canadian, Cleveland and Pottawatomie Counties.
Candidates for the office are:
• Taylor M. Neighbors
• Randall Smith
• David Holt
The winner of the Feb. 13 primary must receive a majority of the votes. If there is a majority winner, that candidate will be sworn into a four-year term April 10.
If no candidate receives a majority, the two candidates with the most votes will stand for a decisive general election April 3.
The mayor sits as one of a nine-member nonpartisan council, with a professional city manager running the day-to-day operations of the city.
The annual salary for mayor is $24,000. Other council members receive $12,000 per year.
Current Mayor Mick Cornett has been mayor since 2004 but chose not to run again. Instead, he is running for Governor of Oklahoma.
To find out your specific voting information and see a sample ballot, use the Oklahoma Election Board’s online voter tool.
Early voting Thursday and Friday is available only at these county election boards:
- Oklahoma County Election Board, 4201 N Lincoln Blvd., (405) 713-1515
- Cleveland County Election Board, 641 E Robinson Street #200 in Norman, (405) 366-0210
- Canadian County Election Board, 200 S Bickford Ave. in El Reno, (405) 422-2422
- Pottawatomie County Election Board, 14101 Acme Road in Shawnee, (405) 273-8376
You may find your regular polling place open Tuesday by using the Online Voter Tool.
Also up for election is the Oklahoma City Public Schools District 5 board member seat representing the detached Spencer and north Midwest City segment of the district.
The following people are running for election or re-election in District 5:
• Willie T. Kelley, Spencer
• Nichell Broddy-Garcia, Oklahoma City
• Ruth R. Veales, Midwest City (Incumbent)
Two other seats were open, but only one person filed for each. They win the seat automatically.
• Mark Mann, District 4
• Jace Kirk, District 7
The newly-seated board members will be among 8 who will carry out a search for and eventually hire the next superintendent.
Superintendent Aurora Lora resigned effective February 1.