The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 9, 2013

Election Tuesday: Enid City Commission, area school bonds and board races to be decided

By James Neal, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — In-person absentee voting will continue Monday and regular polling places will open Tuesday for three Enid city commission seats and school elections for the Cimarron and Kremlin-Hillsdale school districts.

Enid voters will select new commissioners for wards 3, 4 and 6.

The election for the Ward 3 seat on the Enid City Commission will be decided between Enid attorney Ben Ezzell and former city of Enid employee Eldon Stephens. Ezzell works as a bankruptcy attorney in Enid. Stephens worked for the city of Enid for 23 years, rising to the position of heavy equipment operator before his departure from city employment last August.

Current Ward 3 commissioner Lewis Blackburn is not seeking another term.

Ward 3 covers east-central Enid, bounded by 30th to 78th and Rupe to Garriott, with a parcel of land running west from 30th to the railroad tracks near Grand between Walnut and Garriott.

The Ward 4 race will be decided between Loyd Kaufman and Rodney Timm.

Timm is a farmer/rancher, operates a commercial trucking business and works for Lippard Auctioneers. Kaufman is a former Ward 4 commissioner. He was defeated for re-election by current commissioner Drew Ritchie. Ritchie is not seeking re-election.

Ward 4 covers northeast Enid, bounded by Van Buren to 78th and Carrier to Willow, with a portion extending south to Chestnut between 30th and Washington.

The election for the Ward 6 seat will be decided between Mickey De La Cruz, Joey Meibergen and Dr. David Vanhooser.

De La Cruz is owner of the downtown restaurant Pane Vino Wine & Steak. He opened the restaurant nine years ago after moving to Enid.

Meibergen is executive vice president of W.B. Johnston Grain Co. Meibergen returned to the family business after graduating from Oklahoma State University in 2004, with a degree in agriculture and natural resources and a minor in agribusiness finance.

Vanhooser is a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center, where he has served since May 2001. He also is a local business owner of office and storage lease space. Vanhooser is a current commissioner on the Enid-Garfield County Metropolitan Area Planning Commission.

Current Ward 6 city commissioner Todd Ging is term-limited.

Ward 6 covers northwest Enid, bounded by Carrier Road to Willow and Van Buren to Wheatridge.

New commissioners will take office the first meeting in May.

Kremlin-Hillsdale ISD voters are casting ballots for seat three on their school board, to be decided between Robbie Gray and Kent Keithly.

Voters in the Cimarron Public Schools district are voting on a three-way race for seat three on their school board, along with a $420,000 bond issue.

The proposed bond issue is for transportation equipment, and would be paid for with a levy on ad valorem taxes over a term of five years.

The Cimarron school board race will be decided between Stanley Johnson, Robert Kirchner and Joshua Pettus.

Garfield County Election Board will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday for in-person absentee voting at the election board office, 903 Failing Drive.

Regular voting will commence at Enid polling locations 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Oklahoma law requires all registered voters to show proof of identity to vote. A voter identification card qualifies as proof, as does an Oklahoma driver’s license, passport or military ID.

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