Eight candidates for Tulsa school board seat in Tuesday’s Oklahoma primary

School districts in Oklahoma are holding primaries on February 12 for school board elections that attracted more than two candidates per seat. Of the 26 school districts Ballotpedia covers in the state, three had enough candidates file to hold primaries in 2019. The top two vote recipients in those primaries will advance to the general election on April 2.

The Number 4 seat on the Catoosa Public Schools school board saw three candidates file: incumbent Robert West, Lee Berggren, and Mark Keeter. In 2018, Number 3 incumbent Jeff Landburg won re-election without opposition in the district.

In Moore Public Schools, the race for the District 4 seat attracted four candidates: incumbent Staci L. Pruett, John Branum, Sonya Fergeson, and Jimmy Schiner. This was the first time since 2015 that more than one candidate had filed in the district, and that year, the second candidate withdrew prior to the election. When Pruett won her seat in 2014, she was unopposed. The winners in 2012 and 2013 were also unopposed.

In Tulsa Public Schools, two seats will be on the primary ballot—one for a primary and the other for a special election. The primary is for the Number 1 seat on the board. Incumbent Gary Percefull is not running for re-election this year, and eight candidates filed to replace him. The special election is for the Number 2 seat on the board to fill an unexpired term. Two candidates filed to run, and the top vote recipient will win the seat outright.