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Ward 7: Candidate Profiles

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LAWTON, Okla._ Voters in Lawton will head to the polls next week to decide which candidates will fill three open seats on the Lawton City Council.

Stanley Haywood, incumbent, and James Moyer are the two candidates running for the Ward 7 seat.

“It seems like Ward 7 is Lawton's stepchild of the wards,” says Moyer. “We're not seeing much improvement here."

The Ward 7 councilor represents residents from the city limits on the east side to the west side of town south of Lee Boulevard. Moyer, who has lived in the city for 14 years, spent eight years as a LATS bus driver before retiring. He says it's no secret that crime on the city's south side needs attention.

“It’s time for a change,” he says.

If elected to council, Moyer will focus on tourism and work to attract musical acts to the city.

“I like concerts at Cameron and the Lawton Philharmonic, and I would like to help promote the local music industry.”

Haywood, his only opponent, says ever since coming to the council in 1998 he’s been an honest and fair team player.

“I’m the person who cares about the individuals in my ward that will try his best to fix anything that I can fix,” says Haywood.

Haywood moved to the city in 1948 and has held a number of positions within the Lawton Public Schools since 1971, including assistant principal and school counselor. He says improving infrastructure, including city streets, has been and will continue to be his top priority.

“I try to take care of business on the streets, sewer, and water, and try to get new pipes for the water and try to bring the streets up to date,” says Haywood. “Right now, we're behind."

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