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17 Dec
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Special Election for HD 28 set for 2017

Special primary and general elections have been set for the vacant House District 28 seat left open by Republican Representative Tom Newell. Newell announced on December 2, that he would be resigning from his seat as of December 31, 2016.

Filing period is January 9-11, 2017

Elections:
Primary March 7, 2017
General May 9, 2017*

*If a primary election is not necessary, the general election will take place March 7, 2017.

If you would like to vote in this special election, be sure to that your voter registration is updated. House District 28 includes Seminole and northern Pottawatomie Counties. Voter Registration Form

You can also Vote By Mail by signing up for an Absentee Ballot.

 

 

16 Dec
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RELEASE: Statement on Oklahoma’s $600 million Budget Shortfall

[Oklahoma City, OK, December 16, 2016] Statement by The Oklahoma Democratic Party on Oklahoma’s projected $600 million 2017 budget shortfall:

Next week the State Board of Equalization will meet to certify available revenues, likely returning a projected budget shortfall between $500 and $600 million. Fallin stated earlier this week that “It’s going to be a challenging year.” Such rhetoric is an understatement considering that teachers and legislators are hoping to tackle increasing teacher’s pay with such a surmountable crisis.

Despite Fallin’s optimistic outlook that the increase in oil and natural gas prices will help boost revenue, it’s difficult to believe that a volatile energy industry can and should be the state’s primary resource for climbing out of this hole. Instead, State leaders need to concentrate on diversifying state revenue and focus on reigning in corporate welfare. If Fallin hopes to rely on the energy sector to boost revenue, then it is time to renegotiate oil and gas tax deals so that we not only fill the budget hole but we also create a budget surplus that allows our state to improve education, healthcare, and another state services.

Oklahoma Democratic Party

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08 Dec
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RELEASE Statement on Scott Pruitt’s Appointment as Head of the EPA

[Oklahoma City, OK, December 7, 2016] Statement by The Oklahoma Democratic Party on Scott Pruitt’s Appointment as Head of the EPA:

It is no surprise that Scott Pruitt, an energy production and fossil fuels ally and known for cozying up to big oil and energy lobbyists, is Trump’s choice in his anti-climate-change movement and head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Pruitt is more interested in big oil and gas, partisan agendas, and filing frivolous lawsuits than protecting our country’s clean air and water or the effects of global warming. Pruitt’s appointment is another example of how Trump is not draining the swamp as he claimed he would. Instead, Trump is building a team to dismantle efforts to protect our environment and our children’s future while opening the gate to special oil and gas interest groups.

Oklahoma Democratic Party

02 Dec
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Fallin to Call for Special Election

House District 28 State Rep. Tom Newell Resigns, Prompting a Special Election

Representative Newell announced that he is resigning from his seat, only three weeks into winning his 2016 race. Newell delivered his resignation letter to Governor Fallin with an effective date of December 31, 2016. Fallin will call a special election for House District 28 within 30 days.

Representative Newell released the following statement:

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of House District 28,” said Newell, R-Seminole. “I will be pursuing an opportunity in the private sector that will allow me to spend more time with my family, while allowing me to serve families nationwide.

“I appreciate the trust people in District 28 placed in me. I’m thankful for the friendships I’ve made with all of my colleagues in the Legislature. I know the state is capable hands with the new House members and Speaker-elect Charles McCall.”

The Oklahoma Democratic Party will announce details shortly for candidates interested in running for House District 28.

01 Dec
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City Council and School Board Elections

City Council and School Board Elections

Filing dates for local city council and school board positions are fast approaching. If you are interested in serving your community, we encourage you to consider becoming a candidate and serving Oklahoma, your county and city.

This is a great opportunity for Democrats concerned about local and school issues to get involved and stand up for principles that are important to our children’s future and social justices.

The following Oklahoma City (City Council) and Oklahoma County (School Board) information, serves as an example on how you should file as a candidate in your respective city or county. Example: if you would like to file for candidacy on the Norman City Council, you would file with the Cleveland County Election Board or if you would like to run as a candidate for the Guthrie School Board, you should file with the Logan County Election Board. Please contact your respective County Election Boards for filing details.

City Council

Filing Dates/Election

Dec. 5-7, 2016 for the Oklahoma City Council election in 2017 for Wards 1, 3, 4, and 7.

Primary Election – Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017

Oklahoma County Election Board
4201 N Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK  73105-5210
(405) 713-1515

www.okc.gov/departments/city-clerk/elections

 

Filing Procedures:

To file as a candidate, submit a written declaration of candidacy to the Oklahoma County Election Board with your name (as you want it to appear on the ballot), address, Ward and the name of the office for which you are running.

Candidates must pay a $200 filing fee by cashier’s check or certified check, or provide a petition in support of the candidacy signed by 500 registered voters eligible to vote for the candidate. The petition is available from the Oklahoma County Election Board.

The check is returned if the candidate is unopposed, receives more than 15 percent of the votes in the primary election or advances to the general election.

Qualifying candidates must be: 

  • 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 the Ward in which they are running for at least six months;
  • and a registered voter at an address within the Ward in which they’re running for at least six months before filing a declaration of candidacy.

Pay:

$12,000 per year

Elections:

Elections are non-partisan and with no term limits.

 

School Board

Filing Period:

Monday 8:00 AM, December 5, 2016 through
Wednesday 5:00 PM, December 7, 2016

File at the County Election Board of the county wherein supervision of the school district is located or the County Election Board in the county in which the candidate resides.

OSSBA School Board Candidacy Information

OSSBA School Board Election Packet

OSSBA Candidate Brochure Information

Election Dates:

Annual School Election – Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Annual School Runoff Election – Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Candidate Filing Details:

Candidate Filing Packet

Board of Education candidates filing Declarations of Candidacy with the County Election Board Secretary also may be required to register and file campaign finance reports with the clerk of the Board of Education. A Statement of Organization for a candidate committee may be filed at any time but must be filed within 10 days after a candidate has accepted or spent more than $1,000 for his or her campaign. For more information, visit the Ethics Commission website at www.ethics.ok.gov; contact the Ethics Commission by email at ethics@ethics.ok.gov; by regular mail at State Capitol Building Room B – 5, Oklahoma City, OK 73105; or by phone at (405) 521-3451.

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The Oklahoma Democratic Party is energized and looking forward to helping community leaders and candidates usher in changes for our children and Oklahomans around our great State.