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April 9, 2014

Let the filing begin

NORMAN — The path to the state Capitol and local election board offices will be busy for the remainder of this week. Candidates, incumbents and those thinking they might want to be an incumbent will sign up today through Friday to have their names on the ballot this year.

County office candidates file at the Cleveland County Election Board, 641 E. Robinson St. Legislative and statewide candidates file outside Room 230 in the north hall of the Capitol.

There are at least two local open seats that will likely bring a number of candidates. County Commissioner Rusty Sullivan won’t seek re-election in District 3. We’ve heard of at least five candidates — four Republicans and one Democrat — that want the job. District lines were redrawn after the 2010 federal census, opening up the post to many newcomers.

The new district judge post created for Cleveland County by the last legislature also will be up for grabs.

Two special judges — one in Cleveland County and one in McClain County — have already indicated their intent to seek the nonpartisan office. Lawmakers specified that the new seat be filled at the first election and not be an appointment by the governor. It’s an exciting time for political junkies. The primary election is June 24, the runoff is Aug. 26 and the general election is Nov. 4. Stay tuned.

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