Voters head to the polls Tuesday
Voters in the Oklahoma City metro area will decide Tuesday who fills an open Senate seat, whether sales taxes will increase in two communities and how future election dates are set in one city.
Republican Paul Rosino and Democrat Steven Vincent square off in the Nov. 14 general election to fill the open seat in Senate District 45.
The seat was vacated in April after former state Sen. Kyle Loveless, a Mustang Republican, resigned in the wake of accusations that he embezzled more than $100,000 from his 2012 and 2016 campaigns.
Loveless later pleaded guilty to three felonies and is on probation.
Rosino won a sevencandidate Republican primary with 33 percent of the vote. In the Democratic primary, Vincent trounced Noah Ynclan with more than 92 percent of the vote.
In Del City, voters will decide whether to increase the sales tax rate from 8.5 to 9 percent. Proponents say the increase is needed to support the police and fire departments. The City Council voted unanimously Aug. 7 to hold the election. City Manager Mark Edwards previously said the sales tax increase would generate about $1.35 million per year. Revenue generated would be allocated for police and firefighter salaries, staffing, benefits and competitive wages, city leaders have said.
If approved, the increase will take effect April 1, 2018.
Voters in Spencer will also vote on a proposed sales tax increase. Proponents of 1-cent increase say it would generate about $180,000 annually, which is needed to maintain salaries and equipment for the police and fire departments.
Norman voters will decide whether to change city charter language to align election dates and candidate filing dates with the state.