FILING PERIOD FOR MAYOR AND THE WARD 3 CITY COUNCIL SEAT WILL BE DECEMBER 6TH THROUGH 8TH
Anyone interested in serving as Mayor or as a Councilmember representing Ward 3 for the City of Tuttle may file their statements of candidacy at the Grady County Election Board beginning Monday, December 6th, 2021, through Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 during business hours. The general election will be on Tuesday, April 5th, 2022, with a primary election (if needed) on Tuesday, February 8th, 2022. The four-year term for Mayor will begin in May 2022 through May 2026, and the term for City Council Ward 3 will begin immediately upon certification of the election through May 2025. The Tuttle City Charter requires any candidate for Mayor or Councilmember to be, at the time of their election, at least 25 years of age, be a citizen of the United States, have lived in the city limits for at least two years, have lived in their respective ward (or at their current address in cases of ward boundary changes) for at least six months, and have a high school diploma (or equivalent GED). You can contact Tim Young, City Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Wendy Marble, City Clerk (email@example.com) for more information.
Dear Tuttle Community,
You are familiar with the Constitution of the United States of America, which establishes the framework for how our nation governs itself. Each state, including the State of Oklahoma, also have constitutions that establish how they self-govern themselves. Cities also have the option to adopt their own “constitutions” called “charters.” These charters allow cities to set their own rules for self-governance. In Oklahoma, charters must be approved by the voters of the city, and can only be amended by the voters of the city. In 1991 the Tuttle voters approved, during the same election, to switch from a town to city and to adopt its first charter. The Charter of the City of Tuttle has been in effect ever since, with only a handful of voter-approved amendments. The charter was last amended by the Tuttle voters in 2010. Our government structure for the City of Tuttle is outlined in the Charter of the City of Tuttle and backed by the constitution and statutes of the State of Oklahoma.
Most people are familiar with the Strong Mayor form of government, which is common in most huge cities, like New York, Chicago, and San Francisco where the Mayor is elected to run the city, similar to how the governor runs the state and the president runs the country.
Most cities, ranging in size from 5,000 to 1.5 million, use the Council-Manager form of government, including Oklahoma City, Dallas, Mustang, Yukon, Newcastle, and Blanchard. As a part of the 1991 election, the Tuttle voters adopted the Council-Manager form of government. The Council-Manager form of government operates more like that of a corporation.
The City Council is the Board of Directors responsible for setting policy (or ordinances), providing oversight (including adopting the annual budget and establishing financial controls), and setting a vision for the future. Our Charter creates a City Council made up of four Councilmembers elected to represent their four respective wards of the city, and one Mayor, elected to represent the entire city. The Mayor also serves as the chair of the City Council and is the ceremonial head of the city, issuing proclamations, making appearances, etc. All members of the City Council serve staggered four-year terms.
The City Manager is the Chief Executive Officer, or CEO, appointed by the City Council and is responsible for the daily operations of the city. In this form of government, the professional City Manager is responsible for the hiring and management of all city employees, the enforcement and application of city ordinances and regulations, making recommendations to the City Council, and the overall direction of daily city activities.
With our form of government, most of the time commitment necessary to serve on the City Council is limited to attending evening City Council meetings on the second and fourth Mondays of most months, reading materials given prior to the meetings that will be discussed, and answering some communications from residents.
Our current Mayor is nearing the end of his current four-year term and will be up for election this Spring. Any person who will be at least 25 years old by May 1, 2022, and has been a registered voter at an address within the city limits for a continuous two years by May 1, 2022, is eligible to run for Mayor.
No one filed for the Ward 3 City Council position when it is was up for election last Spring. As a result, the City Council appointed the position until the next Spring’s election. Anyone who lives within the boundaries of Ward 3, who will be at least 25 years old this winter, and will have been registered to vote either at their current address or within Ward 3 for at least two years is eligible to run for this seat. This seat will be for remaining three years of the initial four-year term.
The success of our community depends on the willingness of our residents to serve. Furthermore, our success also depends on our voters having the ability to choose their representatives based on qualifications and issues that are important to the community. When only one person files for an elected office, voters do not have the ability to make a choice. We want multiple residents to file for office, giving you and all of our voters a voice in the democratic process. Win or lose, those who file for local office strengthen our community.
Filing for these two positions will be Monday, December 6th through Wednesday, December 8th, 2021, at the Grady County Election Board offices in Chickasha. Anyone interested in running for office is highly encouraged to attend City Council meetings. You can also reach out to any current or past Mayors, City Councilmembers, the City Attorney, or me. We are always happy to hear from you what your thoughts and vision are for our community, share with you some of the inner-workings of local government, and answer any questions or concerns you might have. Tuttle has been very blessed to have been served by so many dedicated residents, and we sincerely hope you will consider carrying on this legacy.
Tim Young, City Manager
The Grady County Election Board is located at 307 W. Pennsylvania Ave, Chickasha, OK 73023. They are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. You can call them at 405-224-1430 for specific filing requirements.
Click here for a PDF of the Tuttle City Council Wards Map.