Oklahoma City has a Council Manager form of government. The city is divided into eight geographical areas called wards. The voters of each ward elect a council member to represent them and the mayor is elected at large. The mayor and eight city council members are elected to four-year terms. The mayor and council appoint a city manager to serve as the city’s chief administrative official.
Current Mayor Mick Cornett, first elected in 2004, has focused on two key priorities - education and jobs. Cornett's leadership in the implementation of MAPS for Kids, OKC's landmark $700 million public education investment program, has led the way in renovating the school infrastructure in the inner city. Additionally, Cornett has been instrumental in the City's continuation of an economic renaissance with employment expansion, acquisition of the NBA franchise and infrastructure development. Most recently, Cornett led and passed the campaign for MAPS 3, which will fund eight new major civic projects.
The administrative body of Oklahoma County is the Board of County Commissioners, which was created by the Oklahoma Legislature. Oklahoma County, like all counties in Oklahoma, is divided into three districts. The districts are as equal in population as possible, numbered 1, 2, and 3, and subject to alteration by the Oklahoma Legislature not more than once every 10 years. One commissioner is elected from each district for a term of four years.
Elections are held every two years, beginning with a primary on the last Tuesday in July. The run-off is held on the fourth Tuesday of Aug., and the general election is on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in Nov.
Oklahoma’s state government consists of the executive, legislative and judicial branches. The executive offices are elected to four-year terms, except for the Corporation Commissioners, who are elected to staggered six-year terms.
Oklahoma’s bicameral legislature is composed of 48 State Senators and 101 State Representatives. Senators serve staggered four-year terms. Elections for oddnumbered Senate districts will be in 2012. All seats in the House of Representatives are elected every two years.
The state is divided into nine Supreme Court judicial districts, with three judges elected every two years during the general elections.