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Hall wins in Ward 4 runoff election in Shawnee

The nearly complete makeover of the Shawnee City Commission in central Oklahoma's Pottawatomie County continued Tuesday night, with candidate Keith Hall winning the Ward 4 runoff election by a comfortable margin.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: August 29, 2012 at 12:36 am •  Published: August 28, 2012

The nearly complete makeover of the Shawnee City Commission continued Tuesday night, with candidate Keith Hall coasting to a comfortable victory in the Ward 4 runoff election.

Hall defeated David Bergsten by more than 250 votes, capturing 957 compared to 703 for his opponent.

The city commission Hall will be joining next week is one that is in transition.

Shawnee's mayor and an incumbent commissioner were voted out of office on June 26. A third incumbent, Frank Sims, did not seek re-election in Ward 2.

Linda Peterson, who has served one term as Shawnee's mayor, lost to Wesley Mainord by a sizable margin.

Current Ward 4 Commissioner Billy Collier lost handily to Hall and Bergsten during the primary, as well.

Mainord, Hall and Linda Agee, who was elected Ward 2 commissioner, were all backed by a citizen group called Citizens for Responsible Government.

The group campaigned against Peterson and Collier following a failed multimillion-dollar tax initiative to raise money for city projects, including a regional sports complex.

Hall said the group's support played a big role in his victory Tuesday night.

He said the group represented “a lot of people” who are concerned about the way Shawnee's elected officials have been conducting business.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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