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March 27, 2014

Residents can cast ballots in election for city council members, safety sales tax renewal

NORMAN — Early voting on the Public Safety Sales Tax renewal and even-numbered city wards starts today.

The ballots include a proposition for extending the Public Safety Sales Tax on a permanent basis as well as candidates in city wards 2, 4 and 6. Ward 8 Council member Chad Williams did not draw an opponent and will retain his seat.

Ward 2 is an open seat with four candidates competing: Gary Caissie, Aleisha Karjala, Matthew Leal and Clint Williams.

In Ward 4, incumbent Greg Jungman is being challenged by Bill Hickman and Rhett Michael Jones. In Ward 6, incumbent Jim Griffith and challenger Jerry Lang will be on the ballot.

In-person absentee or early voting is available to all eligible voters from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Friday at the Cleveland County Election Board Office, 641 E. Robinson St.

Voting will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at local precincts throughout the city.

Some precincts will include the Canadian Valley Technology Center Special Election.

All voters should bring identification such as a voter ID card or a driver’s license. Due to a state law that took effect Nov. 1, early voting is no longer conducted on Monday. Absentee Voting Board personnel will be on duty today and Friday to assist early voters.

For more information on early voting, contact the Cleveland County Election Board at 366-0210.

 

Candidate forum today: It’s not too late to meet candidates in person and hear their views on the issues firsthand.

The Citizens for Financial Responsibility is conducting a candidate forum from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m today in city council chambers, 201 W. Gray St.

The question-and-answer procedure will be followed and the questions at this forum will focus on financial decisions, the city budget, the overall fiduciary landscape of Norman, and bonding and sales tax issues, with emphasis on the candidates’ personal solutions for Norman. Tim Lashar of Lashar Comfort Systems will be the moderator.

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