Two races were already set for the city of McAlester’s March 7 Primary Election as of early today.

Ward 3 City Councilor Steve Fairfield has filed for re-election, setting up a race with Travis Read, who filed for the Ward 3 seat on Monday.

In another pending race, incumbent Donnie Condit and John Titsworth both filed for election to the Ward 2 city council seat. Condit won election to the post in 2004.

Also, Ward 5 Councilor Buddy W. Garvin filed for re-election. Garvin won election to the office during the special election held in April 2005 to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of then-Ward 5 Councilor Charles “Shorty” Repass.

Mayor Don Lewis filed for re-election on Monday and remained unopposed as of this morning. Lewis won the office during the April 2005 special election to win the office vacated when former Mayor Dale Covington resigned from the office.

Meanwhile, Sam Mason remained unopposed this morning for the Ward 6 city council seat. Mason won the seat during the October election to recall former Ward 6 Councilor Louis Smitherman.

The filing period continues from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. today and Wednesday at the Pittsburg County Election Board office on the first floor of the county courthouse.

All six McAlester city council seats, as well as the mayor’s office, are up for election.

It does not cost anything to file for the offices. Candidates who file for the city offices do not have to declare an affiliation with any political party.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.

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