Oklahoma candidates file for county, state, federal elections; seats open include governor

Today is the start of the filing in Oklahoma for candidates interested in running for state and federal elections.  

More than five hundred people are expected to file at the state capitol this week.

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According to the Oklahoma Election Board, 419 candidates filed Wednesday, the most filings since 1998. 

Filings for county offices take place at county election boards, although only a handful of offices are up for grabs here in Tulsa County.

Several local incumbents submitted their paperwork this morning at the Tulsa County Election Board, including District 3 Commissioner Ron Peters.

Among the incumbents to file were County Assessor Ken Yazel, County Treasurer Dennis Semler and Distirct 1 County Commissioner John Smaligo. Peters, Yazel and Semler have yet to draw an opponent.  Brian Pounds of Owasso has filed to run against Smaligo.

Races on the ballot include governor and lieutenant governor, all five of Oklahoma's seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and both U.S. Senate seats.

All seats in the state house are also on the ballot.

The filing period ends Friday.

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