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April 7, 2014

State, federal filing period starts Wednesday

OKLAHOMA CITY — OKLAHOMA CITY – Hundreds of political candidates are expected to rush the Capitol this week during the busy, three-day filing period for state and federal races.

State leadership posts up for grabs include governor; lieutenant governor; state school superintendent; every seat in the state House of Representatives; state Senate seats from even-numbered districts; as well as the unexpired District 5 Senate seat that includes Choctaw, McCurtain and Pushmataha counties, as well as parts of Atoka and LeFlore counties.

All five of Oklahoma’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives will be on the ballot. So will both seats in the U.S. Senate - one now held by Sen. Jim Inhofe, a Republican who is seeking re-election, and the seat held by Sen. Tom Coburn, who is stepping down at the end of the year with two years left in his term.

Candidates for district attorney, district judge or associate district judge also must file at the Capitol. Those seeking county seats must file with their respective county election offices.

The state’s primary elections will be held June 24. Any necessary run-off races will be Aug. 26. The general election is Nov. 4.

Hundreds are expected to put their names on the ballot: Four years ago, more than 580 candidates sought a place in Oklahoma’s government, according to the state Election Board.

The bulk of candidates historically file on the first day possible, which is Wednesday.

In 2010, two-thirds of the candidates filed on the first day. Two years ago, that number increased to 70 percent.

Filing is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, outside Room 230 in the north hall of the Capitol. For more information about filing visit http://elections.ok.gov.

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