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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

— Longtime city leader Charles Lamb will face Richard Prawdzienski in Tuesday's mayoral election.

Lamb, the incumbent mayor, and Prawdzienski, an Edmond resident since 1996, have opposing views on how the city operates and the direction in which Edmond is headed.

“I think we are fiscally sound and able to build capital projects,” Lamb said. “We are going in a good direction with sound planning.”

Prawdzienski, 65, said the city is growing too fast, and he doesn't like Edmond's involvement in major projects such as construction of the new public safety center, the Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center, the hotel and conference center and a sports complex.

“The streets are crowded and congested,” said Prawdzienski, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked in logistics at Tinker Air Force Base. “The city likes to tax and spend. We need to stop giving amendments to the building code. We need to stop giving incentives to bribe people to come here.”

Reasons for running

Lamb, who has been on the city council 16 years, said he wants to be re-elected for two more years to see completion of the $24 million competitive swimming pool and recreation center, a partnership of the city, the YMCA and Edmond Public Schools.

He also would like to be the mayor when the downtown public safety center is completed. Voters approved a half-cent sales tax for five years to construct a building for the police department, 911 communications and emergency operations and a second building for the crime laboratory and storage for evidence and vehicles.

Lamb, who has lived in the same house in Edmond since 1959, supports an $11 million investment in a hotel-conference center and sports complex at Interstate 35 and Covell Road. Lamb thinks the public-private partnership will drive economic development.

Lamb, 66, said, “I really have no grand new agenda. I would love to see our investments bear fruit. I want to keep on doing the good work we have been doing.”

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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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