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Oklahoma elections: Ed Shadid wins Oklahoma City Council Ward 2 seat

After an often contentious campaign, physician Ed Shadid collected 62 percent of the vote to win the Oklahoma City Council Ward 2 seat.
By Michael Baker Modified: April 5, 2011 at 10:23 pm •  Published: April 5, 2011

‘Anonymous money'

In mailings, Oklahoma City Momentum often portrayed Shadid as too radical for Oklahoma City and an environmental extremist.

“The people have sent a strong message that they want anonymous money out of their elections,” Shadid said about his victory. “They want the elections decided between the candidates and the voters on policy issues and not on fear and fear tactics.”

Shadid's self-financed campaign raised $78,725 and spent $66,541 as of two weeks ago. In advertisements, Shadid criticized Swinton for being beholden to special interest groups such as Oklahoma City Momentum, an accusation Swinton denied.

Oklahoma City Momentum spent money running campaigns supporting three candidates that won election on March 1 — Ward 5 Councilman-elect David Greenwell, Ward 6 Councilwoman Meg Salyer and Ward 8 Councilman Pat Ryan.

In all, more than $1 million was raised and spent by candidates and special interest groups during the campaigns for the four council seats.

Shadid will be sworn in at Tuesday's council meeting, along with Greenwell, Salyer and Ryan.

“The first goal is to get every neighborhood association and as many people as possible connected via the Internet and maximize public participation in their neighborhood associations and affect decision-making at the municipal level,” Shadid said.