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Oklahoma City Council candidates present positions at Chesapeake forum

Chesapeake Energy Corp. representatives invited all 13 candidates for four Oklahoma City Council seats to a forum. Only four candidates failed to show.
BY MICHAEL BAKER mbaker@opubco.com Published: February 19, 2011
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Nine of 13 candidates running for Oklahoma City Council appeared at a mostly cordial forum hosted by Chesapeake Energy Corp. on Friday.

Only once did the candidates exchange words that could be deemed critical of an opponent, when candidate David Greenwell noted a majority of voters in Ward 5 voted against the MAPS 3 proposal in 2009.


Greenwell said such wouldn't have likely happened if “proper leadership at the time would have supported it.”

“Didn't know I was going to get called out,” Ward 5 incumbent Councilman Brian Walters said when he began his remarks to the crowd of Chesapeake employees and other invited guests.

Chesapeake representatives said they invited all 13 candidates to the event.

Four candidates did not show, including the two tea party-backed candidates challenging incumbents Meg Salyer and Patrick Ryan.

Ryan's challenger in Ward 8 is Cliff Hearron, 74, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel.

Neither of Salyer's challengers in Ward 6, 21-year-old Jessica L. Holstein, a psychiatry clinic research assistant, or tea party-backed Adrian Van Manen, 61, a church music director, appeared at the forum.

The only Ward 2 candidate not appearing was Sam Tichenor, 32, a student and entrepreneur.

The candidates at the forum were each given seven minutes to address the audience.

Ward 2 candidates

Charlie Swinton, 61, a senior bank officer, said he was running on a platform of creating jobs, helping schools improve education efforts and finding a way to afford more police officers and firefighters.

Ed Shadid, 42, a doctor, emphasized efforts to fight health problems such as obesity and diabetes, community gardening and local food production and distribution, and senior health efforts.

Janis Powers, 55, an Oklahoma City planning commissioner, said she would work to be an advocate for neighborhoods. Ward 2 has the most neighborhood associations of any ward in the city, Powers said.

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