EL RENO — Incumbent Matt White won another term as mayor of El Reno Tuesday night.
White carried 66 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election, winning twice as many votes as his nearest opponent, Ray Brown.
White said he's worked hard for his community's support, and he's excited about being a part of the city's future.
“I care about my community,” he said. “We just love El Reno, and I think people know that.”
White, who has served as El Reno's mayor for six years, said he hopes to continue working on road projects and quality of life issues, including libraries.
“We have a lot more to come,” he said.
White faced three challengers in Tuesday's election: Ray Brown, John Marshall and Claude Allen Wilkinson. Brown took 33 percent of the vote, with 630 votes. Marshall won 14 votes and Wilkinson carried six votes.
Wilkinson, 72, is facing charges in Canadian County for shooting with intent to kill. The case stems from an Aug. 1 incident in which police said Wilkinson fired a .45-caliber pistol at another man, Randolph Chigro.
In Stillwater, three city propositions that would have funded construction and maintenance projects failed.
The first proposal would have totaled $20 million, and would have created a boardwalk and sports complex at Boomer Lake Park and built a baseball, softball and soccer facility in northwest Stillwater.
The lakeside development would have included a 2,500-seat amphitheater, restaurant and retail space, baseball and soccer fields, parking, concessions stands and restrooms.
The second proposal, a $7.5 million bond issue, would have relocated a fire station and doubled the number of police patrol cars. A third proposal would have raised the city's sales tax by ½ percent to fund road maintenance, sidewalks and other projects.
Stillwater Mayor John Bartley said the outcome of the elections was surprising and disappointing.
In rejecting the proposals, voters sent the message that there was something about the package of products city officials offered that they didn't like, Bartley said. Now, city leaders will need to sit down with community members and find out why the bond issue failed.
“I plan to regroup and get these leaders back together,” he said.
The city is working to establish new, more effective ways of communicating with residents, Bartley said. City officials held a Twitter town hall last week, he said, and he hopes to hold more events like it in the future.
“Communication is a two-way street,” he said.
Mustang bond issue
Voters in the Mustang school district passed a $750,000 transportation bond issue while voting down a $4.05 million bond issue for construction.
Mustang Superintendent Sean McDaniel said the district plans to use funding from the smaller bond issue to buy six new school buses to replace aging buses in the district's fleet. The district will also buy two buses to serve special needs students and two vans.
“We're thrilled that that passed,” he said.
Norman sewer rates
Norman voters approved an increase in sewer rates that officials say will help fund state-mandated improvements to the city's wastewater treatment plant and increase its capacity. That measure increases the base rate from $3.90 to $5 a month and the user rate from $1.60 to $2.70 for every 1,000 gallons of water used.
Voters in the Crutcho school district approved a $980,000 bond issue by a vote of 5-0. District officials plan to use that money for construction and remodeling projects and to buy furniture and fixtures.
Voters in the Deer Creek Fire Protection District elected Bonita M. Morris to the district's board of directors with 55 percent of the vote.