Today at 5 p.m. is the deadline for political hopefuls to file for offices in Oklahoma. Locally, incumbent Lisa Roberson (R) has filed for Jackson County Assessor; Jackson County Treasurer incumbent Renee Howard (R) has filed; filing for County Commissioner District 1 are Norman Pruitt (R) and incumbent Marty Clinton (R); and for County Commissioner District 3, incumbent Cary Carrell (R) has filed. There were no local filings on Thursday, and Election Board officials said there were rumors of at least one more candidate coming in today, but they wouldn’t know for sure until the 5 p.m. deadline.
Two-term Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford of Edmond is among the candidates expected to file for political office at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City today. Lankford is among a half-dozen Republicans seeking the final two years of the Senate term being vacated by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Muskogee.
Other GOP contenders for Coburn’s seat who filed on Thursday include former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon of Lawton and former state Sen. Randy Brogdon of Owasso.
A total of 490 candidates have filed for more than 300 elective offices up for grabs in 2014, including both of the state’s U.S. Senate seats and all five U.S. House seats.
This year’s primary election is scheduled for June 24 with a runoff, if necessary in any race, scheduled on Aug. 26. The general election is set for Nov. 4.
The Election Board reported in January that there are nearly 2 million registered voters in the state.