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OKC Civic Life Journal: City council primaries

It is the second week of February. The 2019 city council primaries are this week.

Candidates for city council are on Tuesday's ballot in Wards 2, 5, 6 and 8; Wards 2 and 6 are open seats. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Google or go to " ward map," enter your address in the search field, and click the "more information" link to confirm whether you live in a ward with a council race. 

On the ballot:

Ward 2: James Cooper,Mike Dover, Suzanne Broadbent, Marilyn Davidson, Tracey Halley-Terrell.

Ward 5: Councilman David Greenwell, Kristina Hull.

Ward 6: Jim Holman, JoBeth Hamon, Nathaniel Harding.

Ward 8: Councilman Mark Stonecipher, Lauren Durmus.

Ward residents who were registered by the Jan. 18 deadline are eligible to vote in the primary election.

In Wards 5 and 8, Tuesday's winners will be elected.

In Ward 2 and 6, if a candidate wins a majority, he or she will be elected.

If not, the top two finishers will meet in a runoff April 2.

The City Council has nine members, the mayor and a council member from each of the eight wards.

The Mayor’s annual salary is $24,000, and each council member’s annual salary is $12,000.

State law requires proof of identity to vote. Acceptable forms of ID are a voter ID card, driver’s license or another form of ID issued by the federal government, state government or federally recognized tribal government. Voters may also cast a provisional ballot by proving their identity with a signed, sworn affidavit, which is available at the polling place.

Moody's Investors Service affirmed the city of Oklahoma City's Aaa rating, and revised last year’s negative outlook to stable for 2019. Oklahoma City has earned Moody's highest credit rating for nine consecutive years, reducing borrowing costs for capital construction and street, bridge, sidewalk, trail and park improvements. The city's credit outlook benefited from an operating surplus and improved economic climate, Moody's said.

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William Crum

OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman. Read more ›