The Norman Transcript

January 15, 2013

City filing is under way

By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — No candidates for mayor yet, but 2 declared intention to run

Seven city council candidates filed on the first day of filing Monday at the Cleveland County Election Board, 641 E. Robinson St. Filing continues through Wednesday during regular Election Board Office hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Filing for Ward 1 are Greg Heiple, 48, 1021 Laird’s Wood Circle, and Roger Gallagher, 72, 1522 E. Boyd St.

Gallagher is the incumbent. A Vietnam veteran, he has been a Norman resident since 1976 and has lived in Ward 1 the entire time. He has served as the Ward 1 council member since July 2011.

Heiple is a life-long Norman resident, small business owner and father of two sons. He said he is passionate about his hometown and understands the importance of Norman’s authentic mix of culture, diversity and history while maintaining a vibrant business community.

In Ward 3, incumbent Robert M. Castleberry, 48, 4701 Windrush Circle, is the only candidate thus far.

Castleberry has lived in Norman for more than 30 years. He is owner of Castleberry & Associates, a CPA firm specializing in taxation and financial planning. Castleberry was appointed to finish out the Ward 3 term after Hal Ezzell moved to another city ward. This will be his first time to run for the position.

In Ward 5, Lynne Miller, 67, 801 48th Ave. SE, and Dave Spaulding, 38, 6700 NE 103rd Ave., have filed.

Miller is a retired Norman Public School principal and a small-business owner. She has been a resident of the ward for more than 25 years and is a lifetime Norman resident.

Spaulding is the incumbent and a lifetime resident of Ward 5. He and his brothers were raised on a family homestead, and he still lives nearby. A graduate of Life Christian School, Spaulding is an entrepreneur and small-business owner.

Filing for Ward 7 are Linda Lockett, 74, 910 Elm Ave., and Stephen Tyler Holman, 28, 1030 S. College Ave.

Lockett is the incumbent, a former small-business owner and life-long resident of Norman and Ward 7. She attended McKinley Elementary School and Norman High School and is a graduate of the OU Business School with a degree in management.

Holman works for a family owned business in downtown Norman. He is the fourth generation of his family to call Norman home. He currently serves on the 2060 Strategic Water Supply Committee and is the liaison for the city element in organizing the Norman Music Festival.

No candidates have filed for mayor as of this time, though two candidates, incumbent Mayor Cindy Rosenthal and challenger Tom Sherman, have declared an intention to run.

The filing ends at 5 p.m. Wednesday for Ward 1, 3, 5 and 7 and the mayor’s position.

The filing fee is $50 for city council and $75 for mayor. The filing fee must be in the form of a cashier’s or certified check and must be made out to the “Secretary, Cleveland County Election Board.”

Candidates filing for office must complete a Declaration of Candidacy, which is available for download on the Election Board website, clevelandcountyelectionboard.com. Forms also are available at the Election Board office. This form must be notarized, and the Election Board cannot notarize candidate filing papers.

Because Norman City Council elections are non-partisan, when completing the Declaration of Candidacy form, all candidates should leave their political party blank.

Joy Hampton

366-3539

jhampton@

normantranscript.com

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