The Norman Transcript


April 8, 2014

Ward 2 council candidates, state and federal officials up for election

NORMAN — Ward 2 Norman City Council candidates set for a runoff on June 24 will have lots of company on the ballots.

Clint Williams and Aliesha Karjala will share an election date with county, state and federal officials up for re-election this year.

Filing for county and state offices is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Candidates for state offices file with the State Election Board in Oklahoma City, while candidates for Cleveland County offices file at the Cleveland County Election Board, 641 E. Robinson St.

State officials up for election this year include all associate and district judges.

District Attorney Greg Mashburn representing Cleveland, McClain and Garvin counties is up for re-election and has confirmed he will run. Mashburn took office in 2007. In 2008, he was named outstanding district attorney for the state of Oklahoma.

Also up for re-election will be state senators in even-numbered districts, including Sen. John Sparks of District 16 and Sen. Anthony Sykes of District 24.

Sparks was elected to the state Senate in 2006. He was recognized in his first term as the Higher Education Association’s Newcomer of the Year and has been honored by the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association.

Sykes also was elected in 2006. In 2008, he was elected majority whip.

All state representatives are up for re-election for two-year terms. In Cleveland County, that includes seven representatives: District 20 Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville; District 27 Josh Cockcroft, R-Wanette; District 46 Scott Martin, R-Norman; District 53 Mark McBride, R-Moore; District 45 Aaron Stiles, R-Norman; District 44 Emily Virgin, D-Norman; and District 54 Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore.

Cleveland County Election Board Secretary Bryant Rains said county offices to be filled this year include the county assessor, county treasurer and county commissioners for Districts 1 and Districts 3. The districts were realigned following the 2010 census.

The city council runoff is a nonpartisan race. Judicial races are also non-partisan. Other elections will be party primaries.

If a runoff is needed, it will be decided on Aug. 26. General elections will be Nov. 4.

Joy Hampton




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