NORMAN — Candidate filing for odd-numbered Norman city council wards and for mayor starts Monday at the Cleveland County Election Board, 641 E. Robinson St. As candidates continue to announce prior to the approach of the filing deadline, most positions appear likely to be incumbents and challengers promising an interesting municipal political season in Norman.
Filing will run from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The council seats — which include wards 1,3,5 and 7 — are two-year terms, while the mayor is a three-year term. So far, all of the incumbents have announced that they will run for re-election.
Cleveland County Election Board Secretary Jim Williams said the fee to file for candidacy is $50 for city council and $75 for mayor. The filing fee must paid with a cashier’s or certified check and should be made out to the “Secretary, Cleveland County Election Board.”
“Once they file with their check, I pick up the checks at the end of filing,” City Clerk Brenda Hall said. “I hold onto them until after the election. If they receive at least 15 percent of the votes cast or are unopposed, I return the checks.”
Candidates also may file by petition, with council candidates needing 50 signatures from registered voters within the ward where the candidate is seeking office. Mayoral candidates must obtain 100 signatures of registered voters who are eligible to vote in Norman.
Norman’s city elections are non-partisan, meaning candidates do not declare a political party and any registered voter can cast a ballot for a candidate within the voter’s ward of residence regardless of party affiliation.
Candidates must be registered voters in the city for at least six months prior to the municipal runoff election and must also live in the ward at the time of filing.
The initial city election will be April 2. A runoff, if needed, will be May 14.