Oklahoma State Senate|
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: January
Senator Glenn Coffee
Sen. Coffee Authors Bill Making County Offices Nonpartisan
Senate Republican Leader Glenn
Coffee has filed legislation which would make county elected
positions nonpartisan. Those positions would include offices such
as county commissioners, sheriffs, treasurers and county clerks.
Sen. Coffee said the idea makes sense on a number of levels.
“Increasingly we’ve seen election cycles where many
voters never had an opportunity to cast a ballot for county offices.
That’s because the election is decided either in the primary
or the run-off. If all the candidates running for a county office
are from one party and the voter is another, that citizen is left
out of the process,” Coffee explained.
Under Senate Bill 38, all candidates for county offices would run
for offices in a nonpartisan primary election. A candidate receiving
a simple majority would be elected to the offices. If no candidate
received a majority, the two receiving the highest number of votes
would face each other in the General Election.
“With this legislation, we’d eliminate the need for
a run-off election, which would save manpower and money, and open
up the process to more of our citizens,” Coffee said.
“District Judges already run as nonpartisans throughout Oklahoma.
This legislation would simply extend that to other county offices,”
more information contact:
Senate Communications Office - (405) 521-5774