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April 5, 2014

Officials file for election next week

NORMAN — Candidate filing for county and state offices begins Wednesday, election officials announced this week. Candidates for state offices file with the Secretary of the State Election Board in Oklahoma City, while candidates for Cleveland County offices file at the Cleveland County Election Board, 641 E. Robinson St. Filing runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday next week.

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 3.

Cleveland County Assessor David Tinsley said he will run again.

“I enjoy what I’m doing,” Tinsley, R-Norman, said. “I’m in a position to help people even though they may not know it. Nobody likes taxes but our market has stayed steady in this county.”

Tinsley has 34 years of experience in the appraisal profession with the Cleveland County Assessors’ office. He was appointed assessor in 2009.

“I am the current president of the state Assessors Association,” Tinsley said.

Tinsley said one of the most rewarding experiences he’s had was working with legislators to get a bill passed that would allow assessors to make adjustments where damage occurred in disasters without going through excessive paperwork. Tinsley said assessors statewide supported the legislation.

“Before it had to go through a tax roll correction board,” Tinsley said. “That took effect in 2013. It stemmed from the fires back in August 2012.”

The change in law helped tornado and fire victims get relief on property taxes after the loss of property.

Tinsley lives in Norman with his wife Joyce of 37 years, a retired Moore school teacher. As the county assessor, Tinsley oversees the valuing of all properties for collection of taxes to support schools, vocational schools, health departments, libraries and other government services.

Cleveland County Treasurer Jim Reynolds also said he will run again. Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, is serving his second year as the Vice Chair of the county’s budget board.

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