El Reno Mayor Matt White wins a new term, Stillwater bond proposals fail in Tuesday's election

Incumbent Matt White wins another term as mayor of El Reno. White carried 66 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election, winning twice as many votes as his nearest opponent, challenger Ray Brown.
by Silas Allen Modified: November 12, 2013 at 11:26 pm •  Published: November 12, 2013
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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.

Stillwater vote

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.


by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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