ENID, Okla. —
Enid voters selected three new city commissioners Tuesday for wards 3, 4 and 6.
Ben Ezzell will assume the Ward 3 seat, Rodney Timm will serve in Ward 4, and Dr. David Vanhooser won the Ward 6 seat.
The three new commissioners will be sworn in during the commission’s first meeting in May.
Ezzell defeated former city of Enid employee Eldon Stephens by a margin of 64.3 percent to 35.7 percent, 148 votes to 82.
Ezzell offered thanks to his supporters, and to his opponent.
“Thanks to everyone who has helped me, especially my family,” Ezzell said. “I am excited and honored, and looking forward to serving.”
“I’d also like to thank Eldon (Stephens) for running a fair campaign,” Ezzell added. He complimented Stephens for “getting out and talking to the people” and running a “nice, civil campaign.”
Ezzell said now is an “exciting time to be in Enid, and an especially exciting time to be involved with the Enid City Commission.”
“Enid is growing, and having an opportunity to serve in these growth years in especially exciting,” Ezzell said. “My folks both served on the city commission during harder years. Now, our budget is doing well, we have a bright future and we can see Enid through a very exciting next few years.”
Stephens congratulated Ezzell on the win, and offered some advice.
“I hope he listens to his constituents in his ward, and votes with what the majority of the people in his ward want, and not be a rubber-stamper for the city administration,” Stephens said.
Stephens said two recent surgeries hurt his campaign, and he plans to run for city commission again in four years.
Timm defeated former commissioner Loyd Kaufman by a margin of 71.5 percent to 28.5 percent. Votes tallied were 188 for Timm and 75 for Kaufman.
Timm said he was “really excited” to win the election, and he’s looking forward to “getting my feet wet and learning the system.”
“I’m thrilled the people supported me, and I’m going to take the time and effort to take their support and work for them, and make them proud of me,” Timm said. “I’m just ready to get to work.”
Kaufman said he wished he could have won the election, but said he thinks Timm will make a good commissioner.
“He’ll make a good deal down there,” Kaufman said of Timm. “He seems pretty-well honest and forthright.”
Kaufman said the city commission needs to “pay more attention to the people of the city if they want to get more cooperation out the citizens.”
“Enid is a good town, I just think some people down there have been given some bad advice,” Kaufman said. “Eric Benson is a good city manager. I’ve always thought he was a good manager. But, he does what the commissioners tell him to do.”
Kaufman said he hopes the Quality of Life Initiative, or parks plan, passes on March 5.
“I hope that parks plan passes, and I hope they spend the money on what they said they were going to use it for,” Kaufman said.