Candidate Filing Period Underway In Oklahoma

Wednesday, April 11th 2018, 4:53 pm
By: News On 6

Candidate filing began Wednesday at the Oklahoma State Capitol and ends Friday. The three-day filing period is for people who want to run for office in the November election.

In recent years, Oklahoma elections have been notoriously non-competitive; however, a record number of people filed for candidacy on day one of the three-day filing period - 458 people made their candidacy official.

According to the non-partisan group Let’s Fix This, between 2006 and 2018, 52 members of the state legislature have run unopposed at some point and seven have never had an opponent. Currently, 28 members are in office because they did not face a challenger this term. According to data from the Oklahoma Ethics Commission, nearly three-quarters of the House remains without an opponent.

The state Election Board says candidates have until Friday afternoon to file the necessary paperwork.

Here's the list of candidates that filed so far.