McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

March 12, 2014

City council calls for June 24 election to fill vacant Ward 4 seat

By James Beaty
Senior Editor

McALESTER — McAlester’s Ward 4 will remain without a city council representative from that ward for another three and one-half months.

McAlester City councilors on Tuesday night passed a resolution calling for a June 24 Special Election for a new Ward 4 city councilor.

That’s the same day the state will hold primary elections with county, state and federal races on the ballot.

A three-day candidate filing period for the Ward 4 seat is set for April 14-16 at the Pittsburg County Election Board office.

The special election is needed because Ward 4 City Councilor Robert Karr did not seek re-election to the post after completing his original four-year term.

 Karr was not the only one who declined to file for the office. No one else did either —hence the need for the special election.

City councilors can’t simply appoint someone to fill the post because the next regular election for the office is four years away.

City councilors officially declared the position vacant during their regular Tuesday night meeting in the council chambers at City Hall, then passed the election resolution.

Also on Tuesday night, Municipal Judge Deborah Hackler swore Ward 2 Councilor John Titsworth into office for another four year-term. Titsworth won the office unopposed.

Karr stopped by City Hall on Tuesday night to say good-bye to his fellow councilors. He also received a plaque of recognition for his service from McAlester Mayor Steve Harrison.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.