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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
/articleid/3705194/1/pictures/1811663">Photo - SHAWNEE: Keith Hall, Ward 4 city commissioner candidate         ORG XMIT: 1208232146330913
SHAWNEE: Keith Hall, Ward 4 city commissioner candidate ORG XMIT: 1208232146330913

“They did help. There was a lot of support,” Hall said. “It was a grassroots citizen group and I couldn't have done it without them.”

Hall, Mainord and Agee are expected to take office Sept. 5.

“I think all of the commission members, the new ones and the old ones, are looking forward to working together and trying to solve the city's problems,” Hall said.

Lawsuit looms

The commission also is dealing with a lawsuit filed by the Greater Shawnee Area Chamber of Commerce.

Elected officials, many of them leaving office Sept. 5, spearheaded an effort in recent weeks to sever ties with the chamber.

The two entities have been involved in promoting tourism for the Shawnee area since 1994.

Last week, a judge presiding over the case granted a preliminary injunction for the chamber. The existing contract between the chamber and the city will remain in effect during the injunction, the judge ruled.

“I think that we need to get people talking again,” Hall said. “I think there's an opportunity to get people talking and resolve it that way instead of through the courts.”

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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