On Tuesday, the Oklahoma City Council and the MAPS 3 Advisory Board held a joint meeting where a consultant presented proposed budgets and timeline for the eight MAPS 3 projects.
I wrote a story on the proposed timing of the projects. Colleague Steve Lackmeyer wrote a story on $30 million set aside for moving an OG&E power station, the controversy surrounding who set the money aside and if it could be better spent on the actual convention center.
But the main reason for this blog is to give readers a chance to look at the presentation given by consultant Mike Mize during the meeting.…
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Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid and Ward 5 Councilman David Greenwell were sworn in this morning as the newest members of the Oklahoma City Council. Both men received standing ovations from a capacity crowd at City Hall.
Returning council members Meg Salyer, who represents Ward 6, and Patrick Ryan, who represents Ward 8, were sworn in afterwards.
Shadid’s first action was to ask for a two-week continuance to an item that would have given a new nonprofit organization to be led by current Assistant City Manager Cathy O’Connor $424,000 in public funding to start a “one-stop shop” for economic development.…
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Our database editor put together a couple of quick maps showing the difference in votes by precincts in the two latest Oklahoma City Council Ward 2 elections. Shadid won the Oklahoma City Council Ward 2 seat by collecting 62 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s runoff.
In the maps below, for the March 1 primary and Tuesday’s runoff, the dark shaded areas are those won by Shadid. The lighter orange are areas won by Swinton. The yellow areas were either ties or no votes.…
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I doubt if there are many readers of this blog don’t know the outcome of last night Ward 2 election, but here it is again: Physician Ed Shadid won 62 percent of the vote, easily outpacing senior bank officer Charlie Swinton.
With all 39 precincts reporting, Shadid won 3,134 votes (62.41%) to Swinton’s 1,888 votes (37.59%). That’s a difference of 1,246 votes in Shadid’s favor.
That’s a pretty impressive turn-around victory for someone who trailed Swinton by about 8 percentage points, or 342 votes, in the March 1 primary Ward 2 election with six candidates.…
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After hard campaigning and lots of money, residents in Oklahoma City’s Ward 2 get a chance to vote today for either physcian Ed Shadid or senior bank officer Charles Swinton.
However you vote, just vote!
For a primer, check out my previous blogs on the fundraising and money spent. There’s been more than $1 million raised and spend on four city council races.
Here are some other articles to use a primer:
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The Oklahoma City Council approved Tuesday plans to demolish an abandoned city fire station at NW 10 and Quapah Avenue.
The city parks and recreation department recommended the action to improve the appearance of Meadowbrook Park, where the building now stands.
New playground equipment is planned for the park, along with a walking paths and new parking, Parks Director Wendel Whisenhunt said.
Neighborhood groups, who have planted several new trees at the park, also are planning to build a pavilion, he said, adding the park will quickly change and be upgraded.…
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Tuesday’s Oklahoma City Council meeting was the last for two council members leaving under different circumstances.
Councilman Sam Bowman, who has served on the council for eight years, is voluntarily stepping down. Councilman Brian Walters, who served one four-year term, leaves office after losing a tightly contested Ward 5 election on March 1.
Bowman spoke for about 10 minutes about his time on the council, thanking those that worked for him and with him. Council members and staff praised Bowman for his diplomatic manner.…
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Today (Tuesday), The Oklahoman published my article on the special interest money being spent on the Oklahoma City Council election race.
In an election that has seen an unprecedented $1 million plus spent campaigning, special interest groups have accounted for more than half of that, or about $610,000, according to campaign reports filed last week with the city clerk. Such an amount is unheard of for a local race, according to political consultants and past candidates.
Most the money has come from two main groups, Committee for Oklahoma City Momentum ($410,000) and the Better Local Government PAC ($135,000).…
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As expected Charlie Swinton and Ed Shadid raised more and spent more than any of the other four candidates vying for the Ward 2 post. And the two will likely continue to spend money as the April 5 runoff approaches.
On March 1, Swinton, a bank officer, received 43 percent of the vote and Shadid, a physician, received 35 percent. Oklahoma City Planning Commissioner Janis Powers received 16 percent of the vote but did not qualify for the runoff. None of the other three candidates received more than 3 percent of the votes.…
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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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