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February 8, 2011

Enid votes in new mayor, city commissioners

ENID — Bill Shewey was elected Enid mayor Tuesday, outpolling three other candidates with more than 2,800 votes.

According to unofficial results from Garfield County Election Board, Shewey had 2,848 votes, easily outdistancing David Burrows, with 1,007 votes. Former city commissioner Loyd Kaufman garnered 204 votes, with Paul Spoonemore getting 148. Shewey gained 67.7 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff.

Shewey will replace John Criner, who decided not to seek a second term.

Three new city commissioners also were elected Tuesday. Ron Janzen was elected in Ward 1. Mike Stuber was elected in Ward 2, and Tammy Wilson was elected in Ward 5.

Shewey said Tuesday night he was grateful for the support.

“We’ve got 90 days before we take office. I will listen to people and get ready to be mayor,” he said. “I’ve been a banker for 46 years, and I’ve never been a mayor. I look forward to being mayor of Enid. I consider that an honor.”

Shewey said his priorities for Enid are water, getting and retaining jobs and assisting the energy and agricultural sectors.

In Ward 1, Janzen, a former city commissioner, defeated businessmen Rodney Olson and Rick Childs. Another candidate, Larry Horaney, withdrew from the race too late to have his name removed from the ballot. He received 12 votes.

Janzen polled 498 votes, or 56 percent, leading Olson with 361 and Childs with 18.

Janzen said his previous experience will be helpful. The city budget will be the first big issue and will come quickly, he said.

New commissioners will be seated in May, and the budget is approved the same month, he said. Janzen is interested in quality-of-life issues, such as parks and recreation, and said a planned trail system also is important.

In Ward 2, Stuber gained 437 votes, leading Jerry Galbreath with 231, and Randall Oswald with 122. Stuber polled 55.3 percent of the vote.

Stuber sad Tuesday night he wants to “start digging in,” as soon as he can. He said he does not see any big city issues remaining to be done. He is ready to take office and “keep everything rolling.”

“A lot will depend on the progress of the downtown project between now and then. It seems the most impending now,” he said.

He was referring to the $20 million Enid Renaissance project to build a new event center downtown and remodel Convention Hall.

The new commission will have a female commissioner in Wilson, who outpolled incumbent Larry Brummal. Wilson had 365 votes, to 272 for Brummal.

Wilson said she was pleased Tuesday night.

“I’m happy now, but still kind of confused. I’m excited,” she said.

She said being a member of the city commission will be a great adventure. She congratulated Brummal for his gentlemanly conduct of his race.

“Larry ran a very courteous, gracious race. It was nice running against someone like that,” she said.

Wilson anticipates the downtown project will be in place by the time she takes office and new commissioners won’t have to worry about it. She said the trail system and parks will be issues.

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