Canadian County to help decide OKC Council races

Both Ward 1, 3 elections on local April 6th voter ballots

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By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Many eastern Canadian County residents will see Oklahoma City Council races on their April 6th election ballots.

There are two Oklahoma City Council seats, both covering large parts of eastern Canadian County, that will be filled after the incumbents decided not to seek re-election.

WARD 1: Bradley Carter, of N.W. 103rd in Yukon; and Shay Varnell, of 10613 Whitechapel Street in Oklahoma City.

WARD 3: Jessica Martinez-Brooks, of Lysander Place in Oklahoma City; and Barbara Young, of S.W. 18th Street in Yukon.

Early voting is underway at Canadian and Oklahoma county election boards, and final in-person voting will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in Oklahoma City polling precincts.

The winners will earn the next four-year term on the nine-member Oklahoma City Council, taking office April 13.

Oklahoma City is the fastest growing and largest municipality in Canadian County. About one-third of the county’s estimated 150,000 population live in OKC limits.

Ward 1 in Canadian County includes areas south of Piedmont and north of Yukon.

Ward 3 in Canadian County surrounds Mustang and includes areas directly south of Yukon.

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 Oklahoma City’s council-manager form of government. A council member’s annual salary is $12,000.

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WARD 1 CANDIDATES

Carter and Varnell advanced to the general election after finishing first and second among nine candidates in the Feb. 9th Ward 1 primary.

The winner will succeed James Greiner, who has served as Oklahoma City’s Ward 1 council member since April 2013.

Bradley Carter

If elected, Carter plans to use his years of experience in business and ministry outreach as the “voice” for Ward 1.

Carter owns a coffee roasting and distribution company and is a ministry leader.

The constitutional conservative wants to bring “common sense policies” back to Oklahoma City.

Carter’s key issues are: Growing jobs while strengthening the economy, improving the city’s infrastructure, protecting Second Amendment rights, defending Constitutional freedoms, helping small businesses, and attracting new industries.

Carter serves on boards of ministries that support local charities. He previously was in the U.S. Army.

Shay Varnell

Varnell wants to help see Oklahoma City prosper and be a great place for people to call home.

During the campaign, he’s referred to his “Oklahoma City values” that will allow him to bring a stable voice to the city council.

Varnell, who co-owns an insurance agency, serves as the Ward 1 representative on Oklahoma City’s traffic commission.

He’s a member of the Bethany Public Schools’ Foundation and served 10 years as president of his homeowners’ association.

Varnell’s priorities include public safety and placing first responders first, investing in the infrastructure and focusing on keeping parks and recreation areas in Ward 1 as a “center point” of Oklahoma City.

WARD 3 CANDIDATES

Martinez-Brooks and Young advanced to the general election after finishing first and second among six candidates in the Feb. 9th Ward 3 primary.

The winner will succeed Larry McAtee, who has served as Oklahoma City’s Ward 3 council member since April 2001.

Jessica Martinez-Brooks

Martinez-Brooks says she’s a problem solver — not a politician.

She says she wants to raise her family in a city “that continues to value hard work” and is accountable to its citizens.

Martinez-Brooks is seeking the Ward 3 Council seat because she wants Oklahoma City to be responsible for the needs of its various communities.

Her priorities are: Creating an economy that rewards innovation and local entrepreneurs, fiscal responsibility, making sure tax dollars are spent wisely, prioritizing public safety and transportation, and aggressively addressing infrastructure issues.

A lifelong Oklahoma City resident, Martinez-Brooks has been an educator for more than 20 years.

Martinez-Brooks has volunteered with many community organizations and says she’s seen how great Oklahoma City can be “when we work collaboratively to address issues and obstacles.”

Barbara Young

Young wants to be Oklahoma City’s “conservative voice of reason” and “give our kids and grandkids” better opportunities to succeed.

She works at Love’s corporate office, managing merchandising projects for the company’s 500-plus stores.

Young previously was an Oklahoma City police 911 dispatcher and volunteer emergency medical technician.

Her priorities are: Growing jobs and strengthening the economy, fully funding public safety, supporting first responders, prioritizing better roads and investment, and safeguarding funding for voter-approved quality of life initiatives. She opposes “job-crushing” taxes and regulation on small businesses.

Young is a YWCA board member, National Association of Women in Construction board member, Oklahoma Women Run Foundation board member, and United Way of Central Oklahoma community investment volunteer.

WHERE TO VOTE?

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

Canadian County polling places open April 6 for the Oklahoma City Ward 1 election are:

  • Surrey Hills Baptist Church, 12421 N Mustang Road – Yukon
  • Richland Nazarene Church, 10825 N 6th – Richland
  • Bethel Community Church / Bradford Family Life Center, 4901 N Sara Road – Yukon
  • Church of Christ – South Yukon, 11700 NW 10th – Yukon
  • Covenant Community Church, 2250 Yukon Parkway – Yukon
  • Dale Robertson Center, 1200 Lakeshore Drive – Yukon
  • Sara Road Baptist Church, 2015 N Sara Road – Yukon
  • Light Your World Church, 4500 NW Expressway – Okarche
  • Piedmont First Baptist Church, 15 Jackson Road NW – Piedmont

Canadian County polling places open April 6 for the Oklahoma City Ward 3 election are:

  • Richland Nazarene Church, 10825 N 6th – Richland
  • Trinity Baptist Church, 620 N Cemetery Road – Yukon
  • Church of Christ – South Yukon, 11700 NW 10th – Yukon
  • House of Restoration Church, 301 N Czech Hall Road – Yukon
  • Canadian Hills Church of the Nazarene, 11744 W Reno – Yukon
  • International Pentecostal Assembly Church, 12221 Park Avenue – Yukon
  • Westpointe Chrysler Jeep Dodge, 11001 W Reno – Yukon
  • West Point Christian Church, 1600 S Richland Road – Yukon
  • United Methodist Church of the Good Shepherd, 10928 S.W. 15th – Yukon
  • Sara Road Baptist Church, 2015 N Sara Road – Yukon
  • Mustang Nazarene Church, 700 E Highway 152 – Mustang
  • Church of Christ West Metro, 4900 S Cemetery Road – Yukon
  • Lakehoma Church of Christ, 2124 W State Highway 152 – Mustang

For more information, call the Canadian County Election Board at (405) 422-2422.

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