OKC mayoral race, election coverage

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: March 4, 2014 at 4:37 pm •  Published: March 4, 2014

Read updates on the Oklahoma City mayoral race and bond measures proposed by Deer Creek, Ninnekah, Wayne and Rush Springs schools below. City council seats were also filled in Yukon, Chickasha and Midwest City.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett won re-election Tuesday night, overwhelming a challenge by Councilman Ed Shadid to become Oklahoma City's first four-term mayor.

NewsOK 10:43 a.m. There has been one precinct change in Oklahoma County. Because of damage from a fire at the usual polling place, residents in precinct 151 will vote at New Hope Church, 11600 N Council Road.
NewsOK 10:44 a.m. If you're wondering where to vote, you can use the state’s polling place locator: http://www.ok.gov/elections/ppl/index.php
NewsOK 10:44 a.m. For more information, call the county election board:

•Canadian County, 200 S Bickford Ave., El Reno. (405) 422-2422.

•Cleveland County, 641 E. Robinson, Suite 200, Norman. (405) 366-0210.

•Oklahoma County, 4201 N Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City. (405) 713-1515.

•Pottawatomie County, 14101 Acme Road, Shawnee. (405) 273-8376.
NewsOK 4:06 p.m. Only a few hours left to vote. Check this link for locations: http://www.ok.gov/elections/ppl/index.php
NewsOK 5:05 p.m. Want to know more about the bond issues being voted on tonight? Check out Silas Allen's story from Sunday: http://bit.ly/1gPz0JZ
NewsOK 7:13 p.m. Mayor Mick Cornett took a wide lead over challenger Ed Shadid among absentee and early voters in the Oklahoma City mayoral race.

Cornett had 1,649 absentee votes and 498 early in-person votes, or 69.2 percent. Shadid, the Ward 2 councilman, had 524 absentee votes and 379 early votes, or 29.1 percent.

Absentee votes were due back by mail by the times the polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Early voters cast ballots in person at their county election boards last Thursday and Friday.

Cornett is seeking to become Oklahoma City’s first four-term mayor, counting on voters who support his stewardship of the Oklahoma City renaissance.
NewsOK 7:34 p.m. With three precincts reporting, Mick Cornett has 2,553 votes to Shadid’s 978
NewsOK 7:38 p.m. Robyn Lemon Sellers, 56, a caretaker in Oklahoma City, proud Shadid supporter:

"I'm very proud of Ed Shadid. And I'm very proud of the type of campaign that he ran."

"The more diversity we have in the decision making process, where we have a lot of different kinds of people coming together and sharing their ideas, I think that is the best way to have democracy. Everybody has a legitimate way of being heard. But it takes real leadership to do that. I feel like Ed Shadid is really genuine about wanting that kind of process to take place."

"Everybody here, win or lose, feels that we have won just because Ed decided to run and raise all these issues. Everybody is excited about knowing the results, but we're just so hyped and happy because it's a different game now. We're better informed as citizens. It's just an exciting buzz that's going on beyond, 'did we win or lose?'"
NewsOK 7:39 p.m. Lavelle Carbajal, 38, who voted for Cornett at Wildewood Baptist Church, 60 NE 63 St., said Oklahoma City, with the benefit of Cornett’s vision, had set an example for how cities can better themselves.

“Oklahoma City is about forward movement, about the future,” said Carbajal, a producer with TeamBreakerBox, which describes itself as a global “music+media” social empowerment team.
With Cornett’s leadership as mayor, Oklahoma City has developed a “creative culture primed for forward movement,” Carbajal said. “We are a part of that global conversation.”

Carbajal singled out the arrival of the NBA’s Thunder basketball team and the burgeoning entertainment districts along Film Row and in Bricktown as evidence of the city’s success under Cornett.
NewsOK 7:39 p.m. Kris Bryant, 28, counselor in Oklahoma City, proud Shadid supporter:

"I'm looking to be part of the group of supporters for Ed, and I think this watch party is the future of Oklahoma City. This is what a diverse and inclusive city looks like. Regardless of the outcome, I want to share in this experience together and kind of capture the energy and excitement of this moment in Oklahoma City's history."

"It's very meaningful to be involved at the grass-roots level and to know that I'm a part of something bigger than myself. It's just everyday people who are passionate about their neighborhoods, the places where they live and work. They want to create an Oklahoma City for everyone, and that's something I care about."
NewsOK 7:39 p.m. Kate Huston, 32, who voted for Cornett at The Rock Church in southwest Oklahoma City, and has voted for him in the past, said the mayor “hasn’t done anything to disappoint.”

“I see the changes that are spreading out from the center of town,” she said. “When downtown benefits, the whole city benefits.”
NewsOK 8:30 p.m. With 142 of 235 precincts reporting, Cornett has 64% of the vote.
NewsOK 8:49 p.m. With 190 precincts reporting, Cornett has 65% of the vote.
NewsOK 9:05 p.m. Mick Cornett has won re-election, overwhelming a spirited challenge by Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid to become #OKC’s first four-term mayor.
NewsOK 9:22 p.m. Deer Creek bond issues are final - both pass with about 73% of vote.
NewsOK 9:22 p.m. Deer Creek Superintendent Ranet Tippens: "The passage of this bond will provide funds for def maintenance, textbooks and transportation."
NewsOK 9:26 p.m. Thanks for joining us for election coverage tonight. We're going to wrap this live article up, but check NewsOK.com for more stories about the races and bond issues.