Voters To Cast Ballots Tuesday For Mayor, School Boards

Oklahoma City voters will cast ballots for mayor and voters in six Oklahoma County school districts, including Oklahoma City Public Schools, will choose among school board candidates Tuesday.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The election is a primary. In contested races that are not decided Tuesday, the runoff will be April 3.

Randall Smith and Taylor Neighbors are challenging David Holt for mayor of Oklahoma City.

Holt, 38, is an attorney and state senator from northwest Oklahoma City's District 30, and managing director of investor relations at Hall Capital in Oklahoma City.

Smith, 58, formerly worked as an auditor for the state of Oklahoma. Neighbors, 21, is a junior at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, studying piano.

The next mayor will succeed Mick Cornett, the former television sportscaster and anchor who is stepping down after 14 years and a record four terms.

In Oklahoma City Public Schools, District 5 school board member Ruth Veales, 61, is seeking a third four-year term.

Veales faces two challengers:

• Nichell Braddy-Garcia, 45, is a former PTA president with a finance background.

• Willie T. Kelley, 69, is a retired teacher and coach who led the Douglass High School basketball team for two decades.

Voters also will go to the polls in the Deer Creek, Edmond, McLoud, Piedmont and Western Heights school districts.

Through Monday afternoon, 1,478 absentee ballots had been received for all races in Oklahoma County, said Doug Sanderson, the election board secretary.

Voters in four counties were eligible to vote for Oklahoma City mayor.

A total of 310,391 residents in Oklahoma, Canadian, Cleveland and Pottawatomie counties were registered and eligible to cast ballots in the mayoral primary.

Mayor is a nonpartisan post in Oklahoma City.

The mayor is the only one of the nine city council members to be elected citywide. The term is four years and the annual salary is $24,000.

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