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Edmond mayor election set April 2

Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb and challenger Richard Prawdzienski will face each other on the April 2 ballot. Prawdzienski doesn't like decisions being made by the council.
by Diana Baldwin Published: February 9, 2013

Mayor Charles Lamb and challenger Richard Prawdzienski will face each other in the April 2 general election.

Lamb has been on the city council for 16 years. He has been mayor since November 2011 when he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of former Mayor Patrice Douglas, who resigned to become a state corporation commissioner.

This will be the seventh time Lamb has run for a city council job. He was successful four of those times.

Prawdzienski has run for state office six times and lost each race, the latest in November against Republican state Sen. Clark Jolley.

Prawdzienski doesn't like decisions being made by council members.

“I am upset the way the city is spending its money and raising taxes,” said Prawdzienski, who is against the construction of a new Public Safety Center and the half cent sales tax that voters approved for five years.

He said he had wanted the police department to stay in its old building at 23 E First St. A bridge could have been added to connect the building to the Downtown Community Center, which could have provided space for detectives.

Now that plans are under way for the new Public Safety Center, Prawdzienski, 65, said he would like to see the sales tax measure stopped as soon as the building is paid for.

Lamb said the ballot was specific and simple in its description on how the money would be spent. Once the building is paid for, Lamb said, the ballot told voters any remaining money up to five years would be spent on capital projects.

“Voters voted a half cent for five years,” said Lamb, 66. “It really doesn't give us any latitude. It is my opinion; we would have to go the vote of the people to change that.”

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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