Edmond mayoral race is Tuesday

Incumbent Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb is running against Richard Prawdzienski for the two-year term. The election is Tuesday.
by Diana Baldwin Published: March 28, 2013

Prawdzienski, who has run for state office six times and lost each race, said he is a supporter of free market economy, which he said has no place for public-private partnerships.

If elected, Prawdzienski said, he would stop allowing any variances to the planning and building codes for two years and wants the codes to be rewritten.

“It is the judo technique,” Prawdzienski said. “Use force to overcome the enemy.”

Lamb, who has been mayor for 18 months, has an extensive background in planning, community development and environmental assessments. He spent more than four years helping rewrite the city's zoning and planning codes.

Plans for term

In the next two years, Prawdzienski said, he wants the city to slow down and the public to be fully educated about city business. He said he questions whether the city had enough information to make a good decision about increasing its recycling program.

“The truth is what recycling do we really do in Edmond?” Prawdzienski said. “Is there an alternative?”

For the next two years, Lamb said, he would like to increase the use of geothermal heating and cooling because it saves on customers' bills and helps with the electricity load.

Charlie Burgett, former Edmond Electric director, saved $30 a month after installing a geothermal system, Lamb said.

The city is installing geothermal systems at the public safety center and at the recreation and aquatic center. There also is a geothermal system at the Cross Timber City Complex, which paid for itself in four years.

About the election

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. All registered voters in Edmond are eligible to cast ballots in the mayor and Ward 4 city council races.


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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