EDMOND — Incumbent Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb walked away with an overwhelming 81.7 percent of the vote in Tuesday's general election.
Lamb, 66, beat his opponent Richard Prawdzienski, 65, by a vote of 2,069 to 464. Prawdzienski received 18.3 percent of the vote.
Lamb, who was appointed mayor 18 months ago, will serve a full two-year term.
Lamb and incumbent Ward 4 Councilman Nick Massey led throughout the evening while votes in 32 precincts were counted.
Massey, 65, beat challenger Shilpa Abbitt, 42, by a vote of 1,694 to 819. Massey won with 67.4 percent of the vote. Abbitt tallied 32.6 percent of the vote.
Massey was appointed to the Ward 4 job a year ago. This was Abbitt's first run at public office.
Lamb and Massey, along with about 50 of their supporters and family members, spent the evening at a joint watch party at the home of Massey and his wife, Dr. Karen Mahlmeister, as the votes were being counted.
Lamb, Massey and Ward 3 Councilman Darrell Davis will be sworn into office May 6. Davis did not draw an opponent. The council positions are for four years.
“I am honored the margin was that good,” Lamb said.
“I am going to keep doing what I have been doing.”
Lamb, who has lived in the same house in Edmond since 1959, has been on the city council for 16 years.
He said running for mayor was much different from running for a council ward seat.
“Running for mayor was a higher profile, and I had not experienced that,” Lamb said. “Mayor drew a lot more attention.”
Lamb said he is interested in getting busy with work that got put on hold until after the election, including deciding whether the city will allow electronic signs and the examination of a study about Edmond Electric rates. He anticipates the council will start holding workshops on a regular basis.
He said he wanted to be elected for two more years because he wanted to see completion of the $24 million competitive swimming pool and recreation center, a partnership of the city, the YMCA and Edmond Public Schools.
Lamb said he also has two granddaughters who wanted him to keep being the mayor because they enjoyed riding with him in the city's annual Christmas parade.
Since he had been appointed, this was Massey's first political campaign. He will serve a full four-year term.
“I am pleased with the results,” Massey said. “I feel we ran a good campaign. I am very excited.
“I am honored to be appointed, but more excited to run a campaign and be elected.”
Massey is a supporter of economic development, something he plans to continue promoting.
“We have got a great mayor and council in place,” Massey said. “It is time to go back to work.”