Undated_Doug Wells defeated incumbent Lawton City Councilman Randy Warren Tuesday in the election to represent Ward 8. Wells received 203 votes to Warren's 113. Wells is the former director of Lawton's Emergency Management Department. He said that experience should serve him well on the council. "(I have) a lot of experience with the local government, a lot of management experience, a lot of experience in areas I hope will benefit the city," Wells said.
Voters in Lawton's Ward 6 were faced with a three-man race to replace outgoing Councilman Jeff Patton, who is moving out of the ward. Richard Zarle and Larry Gilley earned enough votes to advance to a runoff. Nathan Lee finished third. Zarle's tally of 163 votes was 15 shy of the 50%+1 plateau need to avoid the runoff. Gilley received 132 votes. Lee picked up 50. The runoff election will be held February 10th.
In two other area elections, voters in Duncan approved renewal of a half-cent sales tax that is earmarked for economic development. The final vote was 1,105 in favor, with 176 opposed. Lyle Roggow, Chairman of the Duncan Economic Development Foundation, thanked the voters for their confidence. "Over the last 14 years we've added over 4,000 new jobs to our economy and the stats show that. It was a very wise move in their behalf when they did this thing in 1994 and now this will continue us up until 2014," Roggow said.
Voters in the Eldorado School District rejected a proposal to consolidate with the Olustee School District in Jackson County. 164 voted no, and 91 voted yes. School superintendents from both districts said the proposal would have saved the district approximately $500,000 in the first year alone.