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February 6, 2013

Municipal races take shape

— Election officials wrapped up on Wednesday the three-day filing period for municipal elections scheduled April 2.

Many of the nonpartisan races scheduled in the 13 towns and cities of local interest will be uncontested. A few contests, however, did take shape on the final day of filing.

In Muskogee County, where seven towns filed resolutions to conduct elections, only two contests will make it onto ballots. Muskogee County Election Board Secretary Kelly Beach said Braggs and Porum are the only two towns where elections will take place April 2.

“Seven towns filed resolutions, and we are going to have a trustee race in Braggs and a trustee race in Porum,” Beach said at the close of the filing period. “I really expected to have more people file.”

While the number of contests will be few, Beach said at least one candidate filed for every position up for election. Those candidates will win their positions by acclamation.

A few other races developed Wednesday in Wagoner County after two lean days left some posts without candidates until the final day of filing. In Wagoner, where five council seats and the city treasurer posts were up for grabs, only the city treasurer and Ward 4 seats will be uncontested. Voters in Okay and Porter will elect trustees for the posts open on their town boards.

Carole Hayes with the McIntosh County Election Board said two new races developed in Eufaula during the final day of filing. With the three candidates who filed for the Ward 1 post earlier this week, Eufaula will have three contests on its April 2 ballot. The remaining four positions will be uncontested.

In Checotah, where elections have become hotly contested in the past, every candidate who filed will win without opposition. Hayes described that development as unusual for Checotah.

In Cherokee County, Hulbert voters will have their choice of three candidates to fill two trustee positions.

Election officials said withdrawals or candidate contests must be filed by 5 p.m. Friday. The registration deadline for those who want to vote in the April 2 election is March 8.

Reach D.E. Smoot at (918) 684-2901 or dsmoot@muskogeephoenix.com.

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