Seven school districts in Oklahoma hold primaries on February 8 – Ballotpedia News

Eight school board seats in seven Oklahoma school districts covered by Ballotpedia were vying for nonpartisan primary elections on February 8, 2022. The candidates competed to qualify for the general election scheduled for April 5.

Districts holding primaries included Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Edmond, Mustang, Piedmont, Tulsa and Union Public Schools.

Three candidates won the February 8 election by obtaining more than 50% of the votes in the primary. Katie Cornman, Stefan Swaggerty and Debbie Taylor won a seat on the board of trustees at Piedmont, Catoosa and Broken Arrow public schools, respectively. The candidates qualified for the general election for the remaining five seats.

  1. In the Edmond Public School District, Courtney Hobgood and Cheryl Williams ran in the general election for the District 2 seat. Incumbents Marcus Jones and Michael Grande qualified for general in the District 5 special election.
  2. Robert Rader and Audra Tucker ran in the general election for Mustang Public Schools School Board Seat 2.
  3. Incumbent Chris McNeil and challenger Shelley Gwartney qualified for the Education Zone 2 Union Public School Board general election.
  4. In the Tulsa Public School District, Susan Lamkin and Tim Harris ran in the general election for the District 7 seat.

Primaries in 19 other school districts covered by Ballotpedia were canceled after fewer than three candidates ran for each seat up for grabs. Twenty of the 28 Oklahoma school board races covered by Ballotpedia this year, representing 71% of those races, were not competitive enough to include a primary. In 2021, the primaries were canceled in 30 out of 35 races (86%). In 2020, 24 out of 30 races (80%) had canceled primaries.

The 26 Oklahoma school boards covered by Ballotpedia served a total of 267,432 students during the 2017-2018 school year.

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