As promised this will be the first of four or five posts giving readers access to the campaign reports filed with the Oklahoma City Clerk for the recent elections. I’ll post the returns as soon as I can as they are filed this week. Friday is the deadline for money raised or spent between Feb. 14 and March 20.
This first complete set to be posted this week belonged to the Ward 8 candidates. Incumbent Patrick Ryan, a retired utility executive, won 73 percent of the vote, easily defeating tea-party backed Cliff Hearron, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and a member of the politically active Windsor Hills Baptist Church.
As you’ll see in the documents below, Ryan out raised and out spent Hearron by a large margin. Much of Ryan’s financial support came from business connections that supported MAPS 3. Most of Hearron’s support came from the firefighters union opposed to MAPS 3.
The documents include the filings for the first filing period, which ended Feb. 13, and the second filing period. Ryan’s are listed first and Hearron’s second.