Governor Mary Fallin and the State Election Board have scheduled special elections to fill the seat of Tulsa County Commissioner Fred Perry, who announced his resignation on Feb. 11.
The filing period for candidates who want to run for the seat will be from April 8 through April 10. A special primary election is scheduled for June 11 and a special general election will be held on August 13. If no primary election is needed than the special general election will be held June 11.
Perry was elected in 2010 for a second term which runs until Dec. 31, 2014. However, he plans to remain in office until July 8. He will be leaving his four-year post 18 months ahead of time.
Commissioner Perry said that he was retiring “for health reasons” noting that he had a heart procedure last November.
“There comes a time when one knows it’s time to retire. By giving five months notice, this will provide for an orderly selection of my replacement according to the statutes.”
Perry was first voted to public office in 1994 when he was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives where he served until Nov. 2006. He ran for Tulsa County Commissioner in 2006 and was sworn in Jan. 3, 2007. He served a four-year term and was reelected in 2010 and is presently just past the half way mark of his second term. Prior to 1994, Perry worked in private sector for 30 years.