Ward 8: Candidate Profiles - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Ward 8: Candidate Profiles

News- City of Lawton News- City of Lawton

LAWTON, Okla._ In next Tuesday’s primaries there are three seats on the Lawton City Council up for grabs. In Ward 8, it’s a competition between a current councilman and former councilman.

“I think that I have a better view of city operations having worked here for 25 years,” says Doug Wells.

“It’s time to bring municipal government back from behind the curtain and let the citizens see what's going on,” says Randy Warren.

Warren spent 10 years on the city council and wants to win the seat back.

“I think the (city council is) lacking focus,” says Warren. “I don't think that there is a destination. I think everyone says we want to go on a trip but nobody really knows where that's going."

Warren has lived in the city since 1967 and is the owner of Warren’s Imports in downtown Lawton. Moving forward, he believes the council needs to focus their attention on public safety and getting the community's input before making big decisions.

“It’s generally a friendly and happy community,” he says. “There are some areas we need to work on because those areas drag the others down really fast."

Wells is currently in his second term on the council, and while he admits there is more work to be done, he's happy with recent progress in his ward.

“We’ve had about $18 million dollars worth of C.I.P. projects done in Ward 8 in the five years I’ve been on the council, which is a good fair share of the C.I.P. dollars that have been spent so far during that period of time."

Wells spent 20 years in the army followed by a 25-year career with the city of Lawton. Moving into his next term, if elected, he wants to build on some of his successes, including the addition of officers to the police force and working to add sidewalks in some of the city's older neighborhoods.

“I love the City of Lawton, and what I’m doing on the city council is to improve the quality of life and the appearance of Lawton and hopefully make it a better (and) safer city to live in."

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Freed after 2 years, man jailed in Venezuela returns to US

    Freed after 2 years, man jailed in Venezuela returns to US

    Saturday, May 26 2018 9:53 AM EDT2018-05-26 13:53:22 GMT
    Monday, May 28 2018 5:54 AM EDT2018-05-28 09:54:40 GMT
    Senator Corker’s office tweeted out an image of Josh Holt and his wife before leaving Venezuela. (Source: Twitter/@SenBobCorker)Senator Corker’s office tweeted out an image of Josh Holt and his wife before leaving Venezuela. (Source: Twitter/@SenBobCorker)

    A Utah man has been released from a jail in Venezuela after spending nearly two years behind bars on weapons charges.

    A Utah man has been released from a jail in Venezuela after spending nearly two years behind bars on weapons charges.

  • Bloody but forgotten WWII battle still haunts soldiers

    Bloody but forgotten WWII battle still haunts soldiers

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:34 AM EDT2018-05-27 15:34:09 GMT
    Monday, May 28 2018 5:27 AM EDT2018-05-28 09:27:27 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen). In this May 19, 2018, photo World War II veterans Allan Seroll, left, of Massachusetts, and William Roy Dover, right, of Alabama, right, attend a 75th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Attu in Anchorage, Alaska. Dover w...(AP Photo/Mark Thiessen). In this May 19, 2018, photo World War II veterans Allan Seroll, left, of Massachusetts, and William Roy Dover, right, of Alabama, right, attend a 75th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Attu in Anchorage, Alaska. Dover w...

    One of the bloodiest World War II battles in the Pacific was waged 75 years ago this month on Attu Island in Alaska's Aleutian Islands.

    One of the bloodiest World War II battles in the Pacific was waged 75 years ago this month on Attu Island in Alaska's Aleutian Islands.

  • LeBron's 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

    LeBron's 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:14 PM EDT2018-05-28 03:14:46 GMT
    Monday, May 28 2018 5:26 AM EDT2018-05-28 09:26:50 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charles Krupa). Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James soars to dunk in front of Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) and forward Marcus Morris (13) during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, ...(AP Photo/Charles Krupa). Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James soars to dunk in front of Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) and forward Marcus Morris (13) during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, ...
    LeBron James scored 35 points with 15 rebounds and nine assists to earn an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-79 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the...
    LeBron James scored 35 points with 15 rebounds and nine assists to earn an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-79 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Powered by Frankly