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Cross, McGahee face off in ward 7 run-off election

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - Voters in Lawton’s ward 7 will return to the polls next Tuesday to elect their new city council member. The first election last month led to a runoff, and a recount, which confirmed Jesse Cross finished second to V. Gay McGahee.  She has been serving as ward 7 representative since last summer, when the council appointed her to the seat following the death of longtime councilman Stanley Haywood

She says living and working in ward 7 for more than 30 years, along with serving on the council for a short time, has given her a sense of what the community needs.

"One of the things they want to do, they like to see that their children have something to do here in the community,” said McGahee. “As a mother in ward 7 and in Lawton, I’ve been able to get my children involved in a lot of different activities, and we need to have some of those things available to children. That’s one good thing that people look forward to."

Her opponent, Jesse Cross, came back to his hometown of Lawton after 32 years of military service.

He says he wants people who live in ward 7 to vote for him, but also to just get out and let their voices be heard.

"It's their right to vote,” said Cross. “There are 2,900 eligible voters in our ward that can come out and vote. We want every last one of them to come out and exercise their right to vote. Vote for their candidate, vote for their representative, vote for the person they feel is the best qualified person that can lead them over the next ten years."

Election Day is April 5th, and polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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