Tuesday's election contest for a seat on the Oklahoma City Council between physician Ed Shadid and Charlie Swinton, a senior bank officer, will be the culmination of a hard-fought round of campaigning.
The Ward 2 contest between Shadid and Swinton will be the end of an expensive election season for four city council seats. Candidates and special interest groups had raised about $1.2 million and spent more than $1 million as of March 20, according to campaign finance reports.
Shadid had raised $78,725 and spent $66,541. Shadid was his own biggest contributor, writing checks to himself for $65,000.
Swinton had raised $104,356 and spent $63,808. At least $13,000 raised can be attributed to political action committees or other special interest groups.
During the campaign, Shadid touted his independence from special interests while Swinton pointed to his broad base of support.
Swinton's fundraising totals do not include money spent by the Committee for Oklahoma City Momentum, which is making independent expenditures in running its own campaign in support of the candidate. So far, Oklahoma City Momentum has spent more than $400,000 running campaigns supporting Swinton and three other candidates.
Results and turnout
The other three candidates Oklahoma City Momentum supported all won March 1 primary elections — incumbents Meg Salyer in Ward 6 and Patrick Ryan in Ward 8 both easily defeated tea party backed opposition, and newcomer David Greenwell upset Ward 5 incumbent Brian Walters by about 450 votes. Voter turnout in those races was 11 to 12 percent of registered voters.
In the Ward 2 election, Swinton received 43 percent of the vote, and Shadid received 35 percent in a race that had six candidates. Turnout in Ward 2 was about 11 percent of registered voters.
The turnout could be higher for Tuesday's runoff given the publicity surrounding the election, Oklahoma County Election Board Secretary Doug Sanderson said.