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Lawton welcomes new Ward 7 representative

LAWTON, Okla._There's a new representative for Ward 7 on the Lawton City Council.

Gay Freeman McGahee was chosen from a field of seven applicants following formal interviews conducted by the rest of the City Council on Tuesday. She fills the vacancy left by the death Stanley Haywood, Ward 7's councilman, who passed away in September.

McGahee is no stranger to Lawton. She was born and raised in Lawton with ties to Fort Sill through her husband and father, who are both retired military. McGahee is also a proud graduate of Eisenhower High School.

This position will be nothing new to her as she is already actively involved with the community through her service on the City Planning Commission and the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women.

McGahee says when she got the call that she had been selected, she wasn't surprised.

"I was excited, but I expected to be called. I usually operate on high expectations and I applied. I have been planning this for a while," McGahee said.

McGahee says her main goal is to continue the beautification of the city through family involvement in the process.

"If you have a vacant lot next to your house and you have a young son sitting at the house, take him over there and let him be a part of his community and mow the lawn. You know, getting families involved in what the city needs," McGahee said.

One of McGahee's constituents who has lived in Ward 7 since 1966 is Ellouise Love.

Love says she has known McGahee for years and was rooting for her become the next councilwoman.

"I sent her a message yesterday when I found out she was running and wished her good luck. And this morning, I sent her a congrats that she had made it," Love said.

McGahee says she does not have any specific changes that she wants to make at this point.

"I really think that our City Council and our mayor are doing a great job. I just want to be a part of whatever changes need to be made or whatever we can do to make things better, because there is always room for improvement," McGahee said.

McGahee says she wants the residents of her ward, like Love, to know that she will there to help with whatever they need.

"I have been a resident of this ward for over 30 years and I know a lot of the people and a lot of them know me. I just want to let them know that I am proud to be able to represent them in the best manner possible," McGahee said.

McGahee will hold the position until there is a formal election for a City Council member for Ward 7 in February 2016. She says she plans to run a full campaign for the seat at that time.

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