Oklahoma City seeking interim city council member


The City of Oklahoma City is seeking an interim representative to fill the Ward 7 City Council seat until voters choose a permanent selection.

Councilman John Pettis will resign from the seat on May 31 amid embezzlement allegations. Voters will go to the polls on August 28 to fill his seat. The city must choose an interim Ward 7 representative who will serve until someone is elected to the seat.

Applications for the interim representative can be submitted beginning at 8 a.m. May 23 here or at the Oklahoma City Clerk's Office. The deadline for applications is May 29. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • a U.S. citizen;
  • at least 21 years old;
  • a qualified Oklahoma City voter;
  • a resident of Oklahoma City or an area that has been annexed by Oklahoma City for at least three years before the election date;
  • a resident of Ward 7 for at least six months;
  • and a registered voter at an address within Ward 7 for at least six months before filing a declaration of candidacy.

The filing period to fill the seat is June 13-15. If one candidate earns a majority of the votes on Aug. 28, they will be declared the winner. If not, the top two vote earners will head to a decisive Nov. 6 runoff. The new Ward 7 councilman will serve until April 2021.

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