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Ward 2 council race: Jackson, Malone

Keith Jackson Keith Jackson
Mark Malone Mark Malone

LAWTON, Okla._Voters across Southwest Oklahoma are heading to the polls to cast their ballots ahead of Tuesday's election.

Early voting began Thursday morning for elections in Lawton, Marlow and Ryan. Lawton has a mayoral and two council races.

The race for Ward 2 features incumbent Keith Jackson and challenger Mark Malone. They are competing for the council position that covers a portion of north central and northeast Lawton.

Councilman Keith Jackson has served a total of 16 years, including 10 years from 1982 to 1992. Jackson owns and runs a Laundromat in Lawton. He says his business background helps him to look after the city's money.

"You have to operate your council and your city as a business. We realize that there is a bottom line and need a budget handling," said Jackson.

Jackson's opponent, Mark Malone, is a logistics analyst at Fort Sill. Malone spent 26-and-a-half years in the military. The retired Army veteran says he has the city's future at heart.

"I wanted to run for City Council because this is where we want to make our home, and I figured if I liked to live here and I want my children to live here then I would like to make Lawton a better place for the future of our children and their children," said Malone.

That plan for the future includes having plenty of water. Malone says he would like to build wells to ensure we don't run into another shortage.

"That would continue to improve Lawton's long-term water solution. If we cannot use the water at that current time, maybe we could possibly resell that water and make the well pay for itself," said Malone.

As for Jackson, he wants to finish the job he started.

"That sales tax extension program. We've got so many projects that we need to get kicked off and I think helping to get those off and oversee them is really important at this time," said Jackson.

The polls closed Thursday at 6:00 p.m. If you didn't make it out, you can still cast your early ballot Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

There is no early voting on Monday. Regular precinct voting is Tuesday, June 9, from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

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