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Expensive Oklahoma City Council elections to come to an end Tuesday

With Tuesday's Ward 2 contest between physician Ed Shadid and senior bank officer Charlie Swinton, the Oklahoma City Council election season will come to a close.
BY MICHAEL BAKER mbaker@opubco.com Published: April 4, 2011
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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.

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