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March 28, 2013

Two names on ballot but no challenger in Ward 3

NORMAN — Ward 3 generally encompasses the area of west Norman, including west of 24th Avenue West from the southern city limits to Robinson Street, west on Robinson to 36th Avenue Northwest, then north to Rock Creek Road, west on Rock Creek to 48th Avenue Northwest and north to Indian Hills Road.

Initially, Benjamen Carter challenged incumbent Robert M. Castleberry, but Carter moved out of the ward and had to withdraw from the race. However, Carter’s withdrawal came too late for his name to be removed from the ballot.

While Carter cannot legally hold the office, Castleberry technically must still win the election.

Cleveland County Election Board Secretary Jim Williams said if Carter won the election, the Norman City Council would have to appoint someone to serve. Castleberry is an appointee, having been named to the post after Hal Ezzell moved out of the ward.

“There’s nothing we could do about taking him off the ballot,” Williams said.

Council member Castleberry has lived in Norman for more than 30 years. He is the owner of Castleberry & Associates, a CPA firm specializing in taxation and financial planning.

He received his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Oklahoma.

Castleberry & Associates was named to the Best CPA Firm list, and Castleberry was named to the best CPA list in Norman in The Norman Transcript’s Reader’s Choice Awards from 2009 to 2012.

In 2011, Castleberry was named one of the top wealth managers in Oklahoma.

Castleberry has previously served as a board member for the American Red Cross, Friends of the Library, Norman Public Schools Foundation and Independent Living Services for Youth.

He is a member of Journey Church and the Norman Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of the Leadership Norman Class of 1994.

He also volunteers his time as a coach for various youth sports teams.

He previously served as the chairman of the TIF Citizens Oversight Committee and currently serves on the Council Finance and Oversight committees.

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