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  • Oklahoma City voters favor incumbents, choose one new council member

    BY WILLIAM CRUM, Staff Writer

    Oklahoma City voters ? the few who showed up ? elected a new city council Tuesday that looks much like the old one.

    The biggest winner of the night, Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid, nevertheless hoped the results and the day?s other events would prompt a reassessment.

    With all 34 precincts reporting, Shadid had 2,546 votes, or 59.1 percent, to turn back three challengers and win a second term from Ward 2.

    In Ward 6, with all 28 precincts reporting, Councilwoman Meg Salyer had 675 votes, or 53.7 percent, to defeat two challengers and win a third term.

    In northwest Oklahoma City?s Ward 8, where Councilman Pat Ryan is retiring, Mark Stonecipher swept to an easy victory in his first bid for elective office.

    With all 30 precincts reporting, Stonecipher had 1,757 votes, or 60 percent, in a three-way race.

    Ward 5 Councilman David Greenwell, 61, was unopposed for a second term and was re-elected.

    What?s next

    New council terms begin April 14.

    The election fell on the same day the city announced it would have to restart the search for a site for the $280 million MAPS 3 convention center.

    Shadid, 46, a spinal surgeon, was labeled ?divisive? by opponents who talked of ?moving beyond politics? and the need for a councilman who ?would fight to maintain the Oklahoma City renaissance.?

    Shadid had been a forceful advocate of planning to avoid pitfalls, such as Wednesday?s news about the convention center.

    Shadid called thoughtful questioning of decisions ?a sign of love for the city.?

    Now that the election is over, he said, sorting out the future of MAPS 3 and completing it to voters? expectations and within budget is paramount.

    ?That?s the most pressing issue that needs to be addressed ? yesterday,? he said.

    Salyer, 59, called turnout ?extremely disappointing? across the central city?s Ward 6.

    With Wednesday?s convention center news, she said, ?We?ve just got to get back to work tomorrow.?

    Stonecipher, 57, is an oil and gas attorney and will succeed Ryan, who is a retired OG&E executive, in Ward 8.

    ?We?ve got to address quickly the decline in the price of oil and whether it is going to affect our sales tax revenue.? he said.

    Read more on NewsOK.com

  • Oklahoma City's Union Station sign gets a close examination

    Crews hired by Houston-based developer Hines spent Tuesday examining the vintage neon and blue glass tile on the Union Bus Station, 427 W Sheridan, as the building?s fate awaits a decision Thursday by the Oklahoma City Board of Adjustment whether to uphold an appeal filed by Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid to prevent the building?s demolition.

    Hines was given approval last month by the city?s Downtown Design Review Committee to raze the bus station and other buildings on the block to make way for a 27-story office tower and two parking garages.

    Photos by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman



    Read more on NewsOK.com

  • Tornado shelters, football stadium high on Edmond list

    By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman

    ? Tornado shelters and a renovated Edmond Santa Fe High School football stadium are first on the list of expenditures from a $90.6 million bond issue approved last month.

    School board members agreed Monday to spend $45 million on a series of projects detailed by Assistant Superintendent Bret Towne.

    Voters approved the bond proposal Feb.

    Read more on NewsOK.com


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