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Edmond City Council candidates will speak at forum

Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb and his challenger Richard Prawdzienski will join Ward 4 City Councilman Nick Massey and his challenger Shilpa Abbitt for a candidates' forum March 26 at the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce. The general election is April 2.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: March 11, 2013 at 5:26 pm •  Published: March 11, 2013
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Prawdzienski said he decided to run for mayor because he doesn't like decisions being made by the city council. He is upset the way the city is spending its money and raising taxes.

In the Ward 4 race, Massey was appointed to the post a year ago to fill the unexpired term of former Councilman David Miller, who resigned to take a job out of state.

Abbitt, a Devon Energy reservoir engineer, said she decided to run because she has some concerns about the council's long-term goal to become a destination to experience art, entertainment, amateur sporting events and outdoor recreation, as outlined in council's 2012-13 strategic plan.

Abbitt said she questions whether the government should pick and choose which businesses to help out in a partnership.

Massey, former vice chairman of the Edmond Economic Development Authority, is a supporter of the hotel-conference center and the city's $11 million investment because he thinks it is good for the city's economic development.

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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