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Urban-suburban divide shown in board chair race

Paula Lewis and Stanley Hupfeld emerged from a crowded ballot for Oklahoma City Public Schools board chair as the two top vote recipients in Tuesday’s election. But since neither cracked the 50 percent threshold, both will square off in an April 4 runoff.

Two other school board races also advanced to a runoff.

The board chair election was district wide, meaning any registered voters living in the OKC school system could cast a ballot. In all, 7,833 ballots were cast and a precinct-level map showed each candidate had their own geographic base of support.

Hupfeld’s best performance came in north Oklahoma City and the southern edge of the district, as is shown in blue in the map above. The darker the blue the larger his margin of victory over Lewis was.

For Lewis, her strongest showing came in the central part of the city and in Spencer, which is included in the school district. Her performance is shown in green.

While OKCPS is mostly considered an urban school system, the precinct breakdown showed somewhat of an urban-suburban divide between Hupfeld and Lewis.

Hupfeld took home 40 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary and Lewis was close behind at 37 percent. That leaves over 20 percent of the vote up for grabs, but turnout is likely to change in April.

Ben Felder

Ben Felder is an investigative reporter for The Oklahoman. A native of Kansas City, Ben has lived in Oklahoma City since 2010 and covered politics, education and local government for the Oklahoma Gazette before joining The Oklahoman in 2016.... Read more ›