By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
Voters will have plenty of options in the upcoming municipal and school board elections.
A total of 14 people filed for upcoming elections for Midwest City City Council and Mid-Del School Board.
The primary election is set for Feb. 13 with a general election, if needed, on April 2. A candidate can win the seat outright in the primary with more than 50% of the vote. If no candidate hits the threshold, the top two vote-getters will advance to the general election.
Midwest City has four city council seats that are up for election. They include Wards 2, 3, 4 and 6. Councilmembers for wards 2, 4 and 6 will serve a four-year term. The election for Ward 3 will be for the remainder of an unexpired term.
Councilman Pat Byrne ran unopposed in Ward 2 and will receive a new four-year term. Byrne has represented the district since 2016.
In Ward 3, AJ Bailey, Espaniola Bowen, Rita Maxwell, Raymond Melton, Jeff Moore and Janice Swartz have all filed for the open seat.
Bowen and Moore are both former council members. Bowen served as the Ward 3 councilmember from 2018-2022. Moore was the Ward 6 representative for eight years but did not seek reelection 2020.
Bailey ran for Ward 3 in 2022.
Megan Bain was elected to the seat in February 2022 and resigned in June. Former councilman Rick Dawkins was appointed to serve in the interim.
An open race in Ward 4 drew three candidates with Marc Thompson, Nicholas Timme and Charles Wallace filing for the race.
Thompson is the president of the Ridgecrest Neighborhood Association. Timme previously ran for city council and Wallace was a candidate for mayor last year.
In Ward 6, incumbent Rick Favors will face challenger William Bridges. Favors is in his first term in office. Bridges also ran for mayor in 2022.
Mid-Del Schools will have an election for Office No. 4. Incumbent Julian “Strippy” Biggers will face challenger Shelly Schultz.
Biggers has served on the school board since August 2018 when he was appointed to replace Sen. Jim Howell who resigned. He ran unopposed in 2019.
The Midwest City Beacon will profile all the candidates and races in advance of the Feb. 13 primary.