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February 13, 2013

Enid City Commission races decided

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ENID, Okla. — Ward 6

Voters in Ward 6 handed Vanhooser an outright victory, with 52.5 percent of the total votes cast. Joey Meibergen followed with 34.1 percent of the vote, and Mickey De La Cruz with 13.4 percent.

Ward 6 vote totals were: Vanhooser, 586; De La Cruz, 149; Meibergen, 381.

Vanhooser said he was “very pleased” with the election outcome.

“I was very pleased with the number of votes,” Vanhooser said. “It shows how much interest there was in this election.”

Vanhooser thanked the voters for their support, and Meibergen and De La Cruz for “running a clean campaign.”

“Now, the work begins,” Vanhooser said. “We have to get out there and do the things we talked about.”

Vanhooser said the first priority after he’s sworn in will be addressing the outcome of the March 5 parks plan vote.

“If it’s voted in, we’ll have to stay on top of it and make sure the people get what they voted for,” Vanhooser said. “If not, we’ll have to see what we can do to repair what we have.”

Vanhooser said other pressing issues include the downtown hotel project and addressing the city’s water needs in an ongoing drought.

Meibergen congratulated Vanhooser on the win, and said he’s “very proud of Ward 6 and the city of Enid, and the interest everyone had in the election.”

“Everyone ran a good campaign, and as it was said over and over again, we couldn’t go wrong with any of us,” Meibergen said. “I think he (Vanhooser) will do a fine job.”

Meibergen said he’s looking forward to working with Vanhooser to identify and address issues for Ward 6.

De La Cruz also said he’s looking forward to offering counsel to Vanhooser.

“I think everything went great, and David (Vanhooser) did a great job with the campaign,” De La Cruz said. “He addressed the issues and was right on the money, and I think we’ll do great with him as a commissioner.”

“I’m happy I ran a clean, even campaign, and I feel good about myself,” De La Cruz said.

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