By Conrad Dudderar
The field has been narrowed as two Yukon-area candidates advance to this spring’s Oklahoma City Council general election.
Non-partisan primaries were Feb. 9 for the Ward 1 and Ward 3 Oklahoma City Council offices that cover significant parts of Canadian County.
Since no candidate received at least 50% of all votes cast in the primaries, both races will be decided in the April 6 general election “run-off”. Winners will earn the next four-year term.
Oklahoma City is the largest and fastest-growing municipality in Canadian County, with about one-third of the county’s estimated 150,000 population inside Oklahoma City’s boundaries.
Ward 1 in Canadian County includes areas south of Piedmont and north of Yukon.
Ward 3 in Canadian County surrounds Mustang and includes areas south of Yukon.
Both Oklahoma City’s Ward 1 and Ward 3 incumbents did not file for re-election, generating strong interest in this year’s election.
Two Canadian County residents, both with Yukon postal addresses, will appear on Oklahoma City’s April 6 general election ballots after advancing in the primary.
WARD 1 PRIMARY
Thirty-six precincts were open in Oklahoma and Canadian counties for the Ward 1 Oklahoma City Council primary.
There were nine candidates on the Ward 1 primary ballot, with Yukon’s Bradley Carter finishing first earning 1,022 (26.32%) of the 3,883 votes tallied.
Finishing second was Shay Varnell, who received 724 votes. Carter, 41, and Varnell, 45, will face off at the April 6 general election to determine the winner.
Carter – of N.W. 103rd Street in Surrey Hills – earned strong favor among Canadian County voters, receiving 546 (42.46%) of the 1,286 votes in Canadian County precincts. Jay Sherrill finished a distant second in Canadian County with 192 votes and Varnell was third with 148 votes.
Ward 1 incumbent James Greiner, who was first elected in April 2013, decided not to run for a second term in office.
WARD 3 PRIMARY
Thirty-four precincts were open in Oklahoma, Canadian and Cleveland counties for the Ward 3 Oklahoma City Council primary.
There were six candidates on the Ward 3 primary ballot, with Jessica Martinez-Brooks finishing first earning 763 (29.39%) of the 2,596 votes cast.
Finishing second was Yukon’s Barbara Young, who garnered 599 votes. Martinez-Brooks, 43, and Young, 45 (of S.W. 18th), will be on the April 6th general election ballot to decide the race.
Favorite among Canadian County voters in the Ward 3 primary was Kelly Payne, who received 298 (23.43%) of 1,272 votes. Martinez-Brooks finished second in Canadian County precincts with 293 votes and Young ended third with 276 votes.
Payne, of S Mustang Road in Mustang, is out of the running after finishing fourth overall (16.53%) across all three counties in Ward 3.
Ward 3 incumbent Larry McAtee, the longest-serving Oklahoma City Council member first elected in April 2001, decided not to run for another term.
The Oklahoma City Council has nine members: The mayor, who is elected citywide; and one member from each of Oklahoma City’s eight wards. Annual salary is $24,000 for the mayor and $12,000 for council members.
Winners in the 2021 Oklahoma City Council elections – for four wards – take office April 13 and will serve the next four-year term that ends in April 2025.