Accountant David Greenwell, bolstered by a late influx of money, out raised and outspent Incumbent Brian Walters. Greenwell raised close to $100,000 more than Walters.
It translated into Greenwell also unseating Walters in a mile upset. Greenwell won 54 percent of the vote in defeating businessman Walters by about 450 votes. Walters was the only council member to vote against MAPS 3.
Here are the fundraising documents:
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Meg Salyer, who retained her seat on the Oklahoma City Council, out raised her main opponent Adrian Van Manen by more than $100,000. She also outspent her Van Manen by nearly $100,000.
On March 1, Salyer, who is president of a local business, garnered 64 percent of the Ward 6 vote to 27 percent for tea-party backed Van Manen, a music director at the politically active Windsor Hills Baptist Church. Jessica Holstein, a research assistant at a psychiatry clinic, received 9 percent of the vote.…
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A round of congratulations is in store for Riverpark Neighborhood in southwest Oklahoma City, which has been named a finalist for the 2011 Neighborhood of the Year Award given by national non-profit neighborhood advocacy group.
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If you’re wondering why Neighborhoods USA would select Riverpark, you need read no further than a news release sent by the Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma‘s Executive Director Georgie Rasco:
“Riverpark neighborhood was developed in the 1940’s…. Crime, gangs and derelict properties were the norm in this neighborhood until the neighbors got fed-up and decided to “take back our neighborhood,” said Tommy Hay, long time neighborhood resident….…
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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.…
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On Friday, fellow reporter John Estus and I wrote an article regarding campaign financing for the Oklahoma City Council primary election on Tuesday. Check out the comments on that article. There are several people upset not to know where the money comes from. And though I usually don’t voice an opinion on things I write about, I think they are rightly upset.
I thought I could do something to allow people to check out the public documents we used to report our story.…
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It’s less than week until Oklahoma City voters will go to the polls to decide if three city council members should keep their jobs and who will replace outgoing Councilman Sam Bowman.
According to political consultants the races have been unusually intense — a lot of money and a lot campaigning, just ask anybody in wards 6 or 8 about the amount of candidate mail they’ve received.
Voter turnout in city council races is historically low. A few hundred votes can swing a race.…
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The Oklahoma City Council approved nearly $2 million for to rehab the Ed Lycan Conservatory at Will Rogers Park in northwest Oklahoma City.
The conservatory houses the largest cacti and succulent collection in Oklahoma. The conservatory was originally erected in Douglass Park in 1924 and relocated to its current location in the Will Rogers Gardens in 1936.
The rehab project will mainly be structure work, along with adding new heating, electrical services and rebuilding some of the plant display beds.
“With the conservatory being done at Will Rogers it just continues the rehabilitation of that park,” noted Ward 1 Councilman Gary Marrs.…
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Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett had a bit of temporary scarring on his forehead at today’s city council meeting. He recently had a growth removed from his forehead. The growth was cancerous but not life threatening, he said.
Cornett offered the explanation and held a cardboard cut out of his head in front of his. A gift from his staff, he said, so the mayor would look better in front of the cameras.
The growth was caused by about 30 years of being out in the sun playing golf, Cornett said.…
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Several Oklahoma City neighborhoods received good news at today’s City Council meeting.
About 20 representative from eight neighborhoods attended the meeting this morning to receive the news.
The neighborhoods were awarded Community Development Block Grants totaling $72,450.
The grants, part of the Strong Neighborhoods Initiative, are used for things such as lighting and landscape improvements, explained Planning Director Russell Claus. Low to moderate income neighborhoods are encouraged to apply.
Neighborhoods receiving grants were:
- Briarwood Estates, $8,440 for ornamental street lights
- Crestwood, $10,000 for ornamental street lights
- Las Vegas, $10,000 for entry landscaping and street lights
- Lytle Grove, $8,705 for median landscaping and entry signs
- Miller, $10,000 for ornamental street lights
- Persimmon Hill, $10,000 for ornamental street lights
- South Creston Hills, $10,000 for ornamental street lights
- Southern Oaks, $5,305 for crime patrol equipment and signs
At this morning’s meeting was Georgie Rasco, the executive director for Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma.…
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As part of its consent agenda, the Oklahoma City Council just awarded this morning about $36 million to finish improvements at the Oklahoma City Arena.
It is the last piece of a $100 million overhaul of the arena paid for with a sales tax approved by voters in 2008 to lure the Thunder to the city.
It wasn’t the only athletic facility that will get an upgrade. Another contract awarded was $704,336 for improvements at city park athletic fields. That money will pay for improvements at
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