Challengers win seats on Oklahoma City Council

Runoff elections favored challengers in Tuesday’s Oklahoma City Council elections in Wards 1 and 7.

By William Crum | Published: April 2, 2013

Oklahoma City voters elected two new members to the City Council in Tuesday’s runoff elections.

John A. Pettis Jr., 30, defeated two-term incumbent Ronald “Skip” Kelly in Ward 7 in northeast Oklahoma City. James Greiner, 32, will succeed three-term incumbent Gary Marrs in Ward 1 on the northwest side.

“I just felt it was time for a change,” said Eyrline Morgan, 76, who voted for Greiner at Western Oaks Church of the Nazarene, 7901 NW 16 St. That’s also Greiner’s polling place.

Turnout on a chilly day with record rainfall was light, with only 6.5 percent of eligible voters casting ballots in Ward 7 and 9 percent voting in Ward 1. Absentee and early voters raised the totals to 7.6 percent in Ward 7 and 10 percent in Ward 1.

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