NORMAN — City Councilman-elect Chad Williams said a bit of negative campaigning in his Ward 8 district was not instigated by him.
Williams, who won the Ward 8 seat in a runoff election Tuesday, said he tried to “keep to the issues” and run a clean campaign against opponent Jackie Farley.
An anonymous flier distributed in Ward 8 charged Farley with having a “pro-gay” agenda.
Farley said she thinks she was a victim of an unfair attack.
“I hated being smeared. That's unnecessary, and it's not right. I campaigned on the issues and never veered off that path,” Farley said.
Williams said the flier stated only that it was paid for “by people for ethical treatment for taxpayers.”
“I don't know who they are,” Farley said. “They claimed, in a way, to be supporters of mine, but they weren't. They were supporters of their own agenda. I found it to be distasteful. In fact, I was disgusted by it.”
Farley said the flier might have cost her the election.
In Tuesday's balloting, Williams, 33, business administrator at Harvest Church, received 886 votes, or 54.06 percent of the votes cast in the nine precincts that comprise Ward 8. Farley, 59, a small-business owner, captured 753 votes. Williams will take over the seat being vacated by Dan Quinn.
Williams, Greg Jungman and two incumbents will take their oaths of office in a ceremony set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at city hall, 201 W Gray St.
Jungman, 35, who was elected in April to the Ward 4 seat, will replace outgoing Councilwoman Carol Dillingham. He is the Oklahoma director of affordable housing for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Incumbents Tom Kovach, 49, representing Ward 2, and James Griffith, 62, of Ward 6, overcame challengers in April to retain their positions.