Sunday, February 25, 2024

Oklahoma Elections

Local elections matter. Even though we all remain fatigued from Oklahoma’s 2022 election cycle and the 2023 local election landscape, the state’s 2024 election calendar bears watching.

This year, all Oklahoma House of Representatives seats and half of the State Senate seats will be up for election, with candidate filing set for April 3 through April 5. Of course, congressional seats are also up, and an open Corporation Commission post marks the only statewide position slated for all ballots.

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2024 Election Coverage

Dana Meister wins OKCPS district 4 election

Dana Meister wins open OKCPS District 4 seat

Education races across Oklahoma County saw a mix of results Tuesday night, with Dana Meister winning election to the Oklahoma City Public Schools board,...
Erick Harris

Erick Harris wins House District 39, EPS bonds pass

House District 39 residents elected Republican Erick Harris to be their next state representative, and Edmond-area voters chose to issue $147 million in bonds...
Norman City Council election results, Scott Dixon, Helen Grant, Joshua Hinkle

Dixon, Grant, Hinkle win Norman Council seats, Ward 2 heads to runoff

Incumbent Ward 4 Councilperson Helen Grant won reelection to the Norman City Council tonight, while banker Joshua Hinkle and petroleum industry professional Scott Dixon...
Norman Ward 6 election

Norman Ward 6: Jerry Drewery, Joshua Hinkle disagree on homelessness, entertainment district

A pastor and a community banker who disagree on topics such as homelessness and the proposed entertainment district are vying for the Ward 6...
Scott Dixon (left) and Kyle Hurley (right) vie for the Norman Ward 8 seat. (NonDoc)

Norman Ward 8: Hurley, Dixon seek seat opened by redistricting

Opened after redistricting moved incumbent Councilman Matt Peacock to Ward 2, the race for the Norman City Council's Ward 8 will be decided Feb....
Norman Ward 4 election

Norman Ward 4: Helen Grant challenged by Judy Moss

In the City of Norman's Ward 4 election, voters will choose between an incumbent focused on affordable housing and opposing the proposed entertainment district...
OKCPS District 4 cheat sheet

OKCPS District 4: Trio of candidates vie for open seat

Voters in Oklahoma City Public Schools' District 4 will have a choice between three candidates at the polls Tuesday, Feb. 13. Unless someone wins...
UCO's future

HD 39 candidates discuss UCO’s future and finances

During the House District 39 debate Wednesday, candidates Erick Harris, Regan Raff and Richard Prawdzienski were asked about several topics related to the Oklahoma...
Norman Ward 2 election 2024

Cheat Sheet: Five candidates vie for Norman’s Ward 2

In the City of Norman's Ward 2 election, five candidates are seeking to fill the seat after Councilwoman Lauren Schueler, who was appointed following...
HD 39 debate

Tax cuts, teacher pay and Ryan Walters draw different answers in HD 39 debate

Republican Erick Harris, Democrat Regan Raff and Libertarian Richard Prawdzienski disagreed on tax policy and education funding in a House District 39 debate presented...
House District 39 debate

Edmond Engagement: A House District 39 debate Jan. 31

(Update: Watch the House District 39 debate here: Ahead of the Feb. 13 special election, candidates seeking Edmond's open House District 39 seat in...
Iowa caucuses

‘Important because it is first’: Iowa caucuses often about expectations

(Update: Former President Donald Trump won the Republican Iowa caucuses on Monday, Jan. 15, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki...
Midwest City Council

2024 local elections: OKCPS, Western Heights seats up, candidates crowd Midwest City Council

Oklahoma City Public Schools, Deer Creek Public Schools and Western Heights Public Schools will have school board races early next year, while a slate...
Tulsa County

2024 Tulsa County area school board races draw mixed interest

(Update: This article was updated at 11:55 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, to reflect Alan Staab's withdrawal from the Tulsa Public Schools board District...
Norman council seats

Election 2024: Norman council seats up, Moore seeks new mayor

Cleveland County's 2024 municipal election cycle will be busy, with 11 candidates filing this week for four seats on the Norman City Council. Meanwhile,...

2023 Election Coverage

OKC Thunder Oklahoma City

Quest for new Thunder arena benefits agreement will develop slowly

With Oklahoma City voters approving the extension of the MAPS one-cent sales tax for six years by an overwhelming margin to build a new...
Erick Harris

Edmond’s HD 39: Erick Harris, Regan Raff advance in special election

Republican Erick Harris and Democrat Regan Raff each won their respective party's nomination in the House District 39 special primary election Tuesday and will...
Thunder arena vote passes

Thunder up: OKC voters approve new arena in slam dunk

Oklahoma City isn't going to morph into Amarillo by morning after voters approved a massive taxpayer-funded arena proposal Tuesday that will keep the Thunder...
Dusty Deevers elected

Lawton area: Dusty Deevers elected in SD 32 special

The political makeup of the Oklahoma State Senate will remain the same as Republican Dusty Deevers defeated Democrat Larry Bush in Tuesday's special election...
Thunder community benefits agreement

‘Access to those jobs’: OKC arena deal could include community benefits agreement

Oklahoma City voters will head to the polls Tuesday, Dec. 12, to determine the fate of a roughly $900 million publicly financed arena that...
House District 39 Republican candidates

HD 39 Republicans: Six answer questions ahead of Dec. 12 election

Republican candidates seeking central Edmond's open House District 39 seat answered questions regarding their motivations to seek legislative office, tax cuts, initiatives to improve...
HD 39 Democrats Regan Raff, Paul Timmons

HD 39 Democrats: Regan Raff, Paul Timmons talk education and taxation

Both Regan Raff and Paul Timmons, the Democratic candidates for Edmond’s open House District 39 seat, agree the state of Oklahoma should cut some...
Dusty Deevers, Larry Bush, SD 32 special election

Dusty Deevers, Larry Bush outline competing priorities in SD 32 special election

Democrat Larry Bush wants to address health care and corruption at the Oklahoma State Capitol, and he believes his business experience has helped him...
Joseph Hicks

With Muscogee Nation election Saturday, Rep. Joseph Hicks faces ‘acceleration’ hearing Monday

As Muscogee Nation Tribal Council Rep. Joseph Hicks approaches the finish line in his reelection effort against challenger Dode Barnett on Saturday, he is...
William Lowe, Robyn Whitecloud

Robyn Whitecloud tries to oust Speaker William Lowe from Muscogee Nation Council

Elected speaker of the Muscogee Nation Tribal Council two years ago while only in his first term, William Lowe faces challenger Robyn Whitecloud, who...
HD 39

In HD 39 forum, GOP candidates talk Stitt, state issues

Four Republican candidates for the vacant House District 39 seat in Edmond participated in a candidate forum this afternoon at the University of Central...
Muscogee Nation Tribal Council, Joseph Hicks, Dode Barnett

Seeking old seat on Muscogee Nation Council, ‘outspoken’ Dode Barnett challenges Joseph Hicks

(Update: After the publication of this article, incumbent Rep. Joseph Hicks reached out to NonDoc seeking an interview. With a court hearing also scheduled...
SD 32

Larry Bush, Dusty Deevers advance to SD 32 general election

Republican Dusty Deevers and Democrat Larry Bush will face off in a special election Dec. 12 for Oklahoma State Senate District 32 after both...
new Thunder arena

After 36 public comments, OKC Council sets Dec. 12 election for new Thunder arena

The OKC City Council set a Dec. 12 election date for a proposed new taxpayer-funded arena for the Oklahoma City Thunder, approved a letter...
SD 32 Republican Primary

Cheat sheet: Four compete in SD 32 Republican primary

When John Michael Montgomery resigned his Senate seat to lead the Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce in early July, it set off a scramble...
SD 32 Democratic primary

Cheat sheet: Larry Bush, Johnny Jernigan face off in SD 32 Democratic primary

Two Democrats are seeking their party's nomination in the special primary election to succeed former GOP Sen. John Michael Montgomery in Senate District 32. Former...

2022 Election Coverage

voter fatigue

With more elections around the corner, voter fatigue complicates 2023

On Nov. 15, exactly one week after the 2022 midterm elections, Oklahoma City Ward 2 Councilman James Cooper kicked off his 2023 reelection bid...
straight party voting

Straight party voting throws quite a rager in Oklahoma

Straight party voting is a feature of Oklahoma's electoral process that many people would like to see eliminated — many people who are not...
$1 billion bond package

Nearly $1 billion: OKCPS passes largest bond package in district history

On Tuesday, Oklahoma City Public Schools voters approved a nearly $1 billion bond package, a victory that district Superintendent Sean McDaniel said will be...
Ryan Walters

‘Won’t go woke’: Ryan Walters elected state superintendent in win for Stitt

After an unusually dramatic election cycle for a typically-down-ballot race, Republican candidate and Secretary of Education Ryan Walters will be Oklahoma's next State Superintendent...
Vicki Behenna elected

Vicki Behenna beats Kevin Calvey in hotly contested Oklahoma County DA race

Democrat Vicki Behenna defeated Republican Kevin Calvey in a hotly contested race for Oklahoma County district attorney Tuesday. Throughout her campaign, Behenna touted her credentials...
Kevin Stitt reelected

Encore: Kevin Stitt reelected governor of Oklahoma

Despite facing an opponent supported by tens of millions of dollars in dark-money political advertisements, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt decisively won a second term...
OK County

Myles Davidson wins OK County District 3, Carrie Blumert reelected in District 1

Republican Myles Davidson defeated Democrat Cathy Cummings in Tuesday's general election for the open Oklahoma County Commission District 3 seat. With about 93 percent of...
Republicans sweep Oklahoma

Republicans sweep Oklahoma’s federal races

Republicans will hold onto both of Oklahoma's U.S. Senate seats and all five congressional districts after an election in which all seven offices were...
Edmond ballot question

Understanding the convoluted Edmond ballot question

(Update: On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Edmond voters disapproved the ballot question, with 25,987 casting "No" and 11,458 casting "Yes" votes. The property in question...
I voted stickers

An ‘I voted’ sticker is the prize for enduring all these ads

So the big day — Election Day — is almost here. The suffering caused by the slog of constant political attack ads while trying to...
Markwayne Mullin and Kendra Horn

Markwayne Mullin and Kendra Horn compete to replace Inhofe in U.S. Senate race

Oklahomans are in the unusual position of deciding two U.S. Senate races this year owing to Sen. Jim Inhofe’s resignation after almost three decades...
Joy Hofmeister

Joy Hofmeister hammers voucher threat in rural Oklahoma

(Editor's note: This article chronicles recent campaign stops by Joy Hofmeister. A separate article from the same author chronicles recent campaign stops by Kevin...
Kevin Stitt

In rural Oklahoma, Kevin Stitt calls dark money attacks ‘unbelievable’

(Editor's note: This article chronicles recent campaign stops by Kevin Stitt. A separate article from the same author chronicles recent campaign stops by Joy...
Corporation Commission seat

Corporation Commission candidates disagree on utility securitization

University of Tulsa law professor and water and energy resources expert Warigia Bowman, Sen. Kim David (R-Porter) and independent Don Underwood are on the...
Oklahoma judicial races

Cheat sheet: Overviews of key Oklahoma judicial races

Voters will decide several key Oklahoma judicial races on Nov. 8, including whether to retain four of nine justices on the Oklahoma Supreme Court...
OKCPS bond

Pitched as ‘transformational,’ a $955 million OKCPS bond proposal faces opposition

On Nov. 8, voters within Oklahoma City Public Schools boundaries will determine the fate of a nearly $1 billion bond proposal, which would be...

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