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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 Modified: April 2, 2013 at 11:35 pm •  Published: April 2, 2013

Morgan, voting only a few blocks from Greiner's house, said the neighborhood has had problems with drugs and security. Her family had a car break-in at 4 one morning, she said.

As for a nearby boarded-up, partially burned-out apartment complex: “I'd like to see those go.”

Dennis Sawyer, 57, who also voted at the Western Oaks church, said he had voted for Marrs before and did so again Tuesday.

Marrs' record as a Vietnam-era Air Force veteran and longtime public servant — as a firefighter and later as chief at the time of the Oklahoma City federal building bombing — was persuasive, he said.

“I give a little preference to that,” he said.

Sawyer noted Marrs won the endorsement of Carolyn Sims, who ran third in last month's Ward 1 primary. He also thought Greiner “might be a little too young.”

As for his neighborhood, Sawyer said the roads could stand improvement.

“I do get tired of seeing everything for Bricktown,” he said.

Ward 7

Kelly, 63, was seeking his third term. Cornett recorded a phone message and radio ad for him.

Pettis benefited significantly from donations by political committees, including the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), labor groups and Realtors.

An FOP ad called for a council member who would “stand up against crime.”

Though he won the primary with 31 percent of the vote to 26 percent for Pettis, Kelly was saddled by a pending drunken-driving case.

Chuck Ford, 39, a former teacher who runs a window tinting business, had characterized Pettis over the weekend as “young, vibrant, energetic, with good ideas.”

His issue with Kelly: “Integrity.”

Former state Rep. Kevin Cox, speaking at the same community Easter egg hunt at the King David Masonic Lodge, had a similar critique.

“I think John is a man of integrity,” said Cox, who represented the area as a Democrat in the House for 24 years.

Weather appeared to have slowed voting.

Oklahoma City's official rainfall total to 7 p.m., recorded at Will Rogers World Airport, was 1.16 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

That broke the old record for the date of 0.99 inches set in 1922. Temperatures were in the 30s most of the day.