The Norman Transcript

Election Coverage

September 10, 2012

What’s on the ballot

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NORMAN —

To be eligible to register to vote in Cleveland County, a resident must be at least 18 years old and be a United States citizen.

 

Candidates on the Nov. 6 ballot: At the federal level, U.S. District 4 Congressman Tom Cole, Republican, is being challenged by Democrat Donna Marie Bebo and Independent R.J. Harris.

Harris is a career Army National Guard Officer, a small business owner and an Air Traffic Controller in the Federal Aviation Administration.

Bebo is an Army wife and has learned from the school of hard knocks as a child and later as a single parent.

Cole is currently serving in his fifth term in office. He was elected to Congress in 2002. Congressional representatives are elected every two years.

 

State races: Cleveland County voters, depending on where they live, will select a state representative. State representatives are elected every two years.

The candidates for State Senate District 15, which includes much of Norman, are Republican Rob Standridge and Democrat Claudia Griffith.

In the Slaughterville area included in State House District 20, the candidates are Republican Bobby Cleveland and Democrat Matt Branstetter.

In the Little Axe area included in State House District 27, the candidates are Republican incumbent Josh Cockroft and Democrat Randy R. Gilbert.

In State House District 45, voters can choose between incumbent Republican Aaron Stiles and Democratic challenger Paula Roberts.

 

County races: While many county offices were determined during the primary or runoff, voters will elect a Cleveland County court clerk and a sheriff.

Republican challenger Mitchell Slemp and incumbent Democrat Rhonda Hall are running for court clerk.

For sheriff, Independent Kelly Owings is taking on incumbent Republican Joe Lester.

 

State questions: Out of the six state questions on the ballot, two are related to ad valorem taxes.

State Question No. 758 restricts annual ad valorem increases. The measure lowers the limits on increases in fair cash value. Now, increases are limited to 5 percent of fair cash value in any taxable year. This would further restrict the limit to 3 percent per year on homestead exempted property and agricultural land.

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