Oklahoma City — State, federal elections will start taking shape
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 reelection, 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 Tuesday, June 24. Any necessary run-off races will be Aug. 26. The general election is Tuesday, 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.
Tulsa Air and Space Museum opens Discovery Center
Monday’s opening ends a three-year-long project that turned the aircraft into a multi-purpose facility that will be used to promote the adventure, innovation, imagination, and opportunity associated with flight.
The Discovery Center featuring the MD-80 will initially be used for educational presentations, meetings, and events.
The aircraft’s cockpit remains in original condition so museum visitors have a pilot’s eye view of the instruments that control the airplane. The cabin has been reconfigured but still includes 24 first-class cabin seats. The remaining cabin area is open for student presentations or corporate meetings.
The aircraft was donated to the museum in 2011 after logging 75,120 flight hours.
Okla. National Guard to unveil new helicopters
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma National Guard is planning to unveil four new UH-72A “Lakota” helicopters that are replacing an aging fleet of choppers that have been in service for more than 30 years.
Guard officials plan to unveil the new helicopters Sunday at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City.
Designed as a light utility helicopter, the new Lakotas cost about $5.5 million each and are expected to increase the National Guard’s ability to conduct emergency operations. They will be used primarily for disaster response, firefighting command and medical evacuations.