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Walters only incumbent defeated in Oklahoma City Council elections


Swinton and Shadid set for a runoff

Clifton Adcock March 2nd, 2011

Two incumbents in the Oklahoma City Council election Tuesday retained their seats, while a third was ousted, and a fourth race is headed to an April 5 runoff.

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Ward 6 Councilwoman Meg Salyer retained her seat, getting nearly 64 percent of the vote in a three-way race. Meanwhile, Ward 8 Councilman Patrick Ryan held on to his seat in a landslide, with almost 73 percent of the vote.

Ward 5 incumbent Brian Walters was defeated by challenger David Greenwell, who got 54 percent of the vote in the south Oklahoma City ward. Walters has served as councilman since 2007.

In Ward 2, of the six candidates who ran, none received above 50 percent of the vote, meaning the top two vote-getters — Charlie Swinton and Ed Shadid — will face each other in the runoff for the Ward 2 seat of Sam Bowman, did not seek re-election. Swinton pulled in about 42 percent of the votes, while Shadid got around 34 percent in the north-central ward.

None of the candidates endorsed by the Sooner Tea Party — incumbent Walters, Ward 6 candidate Adrian Van Manen and Ward 8 candidate Cliff Hearron — won their respective races that were decided Tuesday, despite additional backing by police and fire unions for some of them.

All four members will be sworn in at the April 12 City Council meeting.

 
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