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Name struck from Ward 5 race

Map showing Ward 5 in Lawton. (Source KSWO) Map showing Ward 5 in Lawton. (Source KSWO)

LAWTON, OK (KSWO) –One of the candidates running for Lawton City Council Ward 5 has been stricken from the ballot.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Comanche County Election Board met to vote on whether or not Leslie Chism's name should be removed from the ballot. The hearing came about because Ward 5 councilman Dwight Tanner filed a petition.

Councilman Tanner says he didn't file the petition out of malice, he filed it to protect the sanctity of the election.

"There's rules for a reason. You know if you have disorder you're not going to have order, so these rules provide a somewhat amount of order whether you agree with them or not," Tanner said.

Chism moved to Ward 5 from Ward 4, but had not updated her voter registration.

Comanche County Election Board Secretary Amy Sims says she believes the last time a petition like this was filed in a city council election was in 2010.

"It is rare. The resolution states that the candidate must live in the ward that they are filing for. They must be a registered voter in the ward that they are filing for. That's the important part," Sims explained.

Sims says in order to run for a particular city council seat, you must be registered to vote in that ward for at least six months before filing to be a candidate in the election.

The city council election will take place the same day as the state elections, June 28.

With Chism out of the running, nine candidates are still vying for three council seats.

Ward 3
Derek C. Berry
Caleb Davis
Michael Dixon

Ward 4
Jay Burk
Barbara E. Curry
Jody Maples

Ward 5
Dwight Tanner
Kim Shahan
James Wilkinson

If a candidate for a particular ward does not receive a majority of the votes, a run-off election will be held August 23.

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