Yukon-area residents seek OKC Council seats

Candidates file to represent Canadian County on nine-member council

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By Conrad Dudderar

Senior Staff Writer

Several Yukon-area residents are looking for fill open seats on the Oklahoma City Council.

Since Oklahoma City is the largest municipality in Canadian County, some county officials have called for Canadian County residents to serve on Oklahoma City’s nine-member city council.

About one-third of Canadian County’s estimated 150,000-plus residents live in Oklahoma City limits.

Canadian County Commission Chairman Marc Hader

Canadian County Commission Chairman Marc Hader believes Canadian County “needs representation” on Oklahoma City’s chief governing body.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity for Canadian County to have a ‘voice’ on the Oklahoma City Council since we are such a large, growing part of the city’s population,” said Hader, the District 1 county commissioner.

Candidate filing was Nov. 7-9 for four ward seats on the Oklahoma City Council. Among them are Ward 1 and Ward 3, whose boundaries include significant portions of Canadian County.

Incumbents in both those council offices are not seeking re-election.

Ward 3 covers the west and southwest part of Oklahoma City – well into Canadian County surrounding Mustang and including areas directly south of Yukon.

Six candidates filed for the Oklahoma City Council Ward 3 seat:

  • Trey Bishop, 45, of W Reno Avenue in Oklahoma City
  • Tim Long, 54, of SW 128th Court in Oklahoma City
  • Jessica Martinez-Brooks, 43, of Lysander Place in Oklahoma City
  • Kelli Payne, 44, of S Mustang Road in Mustang
  • Allen Swanda, 60, of Edinburg Drive in Yukon
  • Barbara Young, 45, of SW 18th Street in Yukon

Ward 3 incumbent Larry McAtee, the longest-serving Oklahoma City Council member, decided not to run for another term. McAtee, who was first elected in April 2001, has been re-elected four times.

Ward 1 includes the west and parts of northwest Oklahoma City, surrounding Warr Acres and Bethany. That part of Oklahoma City limits stretches all the way into Canadian County south of Piedmont and north of Yukon.

Nine candidates filed for the Oklahoma City Council Ward 1 seat:

  • Richard Thomas Buchanan, 63, of N Eagle Lane in Oklahoma City
  • Bradley Carter, 41, of N.W. 103rd Street in Yukon
  • Nana Abram Dankwa, 39, of Woodland Way in Oklahoma City
  • Joshua W. Debolt, 37, of Long Meadow Road in Oklahoma City
  • Bill Fleming, 76, of 10500 Keith Street in Oklahoma City
  • Susan Kay Parisi, 69, of N Markwell Avenue in Oklahoma City
  • Megan Scott, 36, of NW 44th Street in Oklahoma City
  • Jay Sherrill, 40, of NW 58th Street in Oklahoma City
  • Shay Varnell, 45, of Whitechapel Street in Oklahoma City

Ward 1 incumbent James Greiner, who was first elected in April 2013, decided not to run for a second term in office.

Candidates also filed this week for the Ward 4 and Ward 7 Oklahoma City Council seats.

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NON-PARTISAN ELECTION

The non-partisan Oklahoma City Council primary election will be Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. If there is not a majority winner in any race, the general election will be April 6.

Winners take office April 13 and will serve the next four-year term that ends in April 2025.

The Oklahoma City Council has nine members: The mayor, who is elected citywide; and one member from each of Oklahoma City’s eight wards.

They serve part-time at the head of the City’s council-manager former of government. The mayor’s annual salary is $24,000, and each council member’s annual salary is $12,000.

The mayor and council appoint a city manager to serve as the City’s chief administrative official.

All Oklahoma City voters in Wards 1, 3, 4 and 7 who are registered by Jan. 15 will be eligible to cast a ballot in the Feb. 9 primary election. Voters in those wards registered at their current address are already eligible.

Visit okc.gov/WardMap to see an interactive Ward map.

Voters can find their polling location and confirm voter registration through the Oklahoma State Election Board’s online voter tool at ok.gov/elections