School board filing begins
Candidates will have three days to file for open school board seats in Southwest Oklahoma beginning today.
A handful of city offices also will be open for filing.
Candidates may file declarations of candidacy from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Wednesday at county election boards in county courthouses throughout the region.
Board of Education Office 3 will be open in most of the region's independent and dependent school districts for the Feb. 13 annual school election. Winners of the independent school districts will serve five-year terms, while winners of the dependent school districts will serve three-year terms. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote in that election, a runoff between the two candidates garnering the most votes will be April 3.
Filing packets may be picked up at county courthouses or downloaded from the Oklahoma State Election Board website, www.ok.gov/elections. Candidacy papers must be notarized.
In Lawton, Kelly Edwards holds Lawton Public Schools Board Area 3 seat after being selected on Aug. 17 by the Board of Education to fill the vacant seat. She plans to seek re-election.