In a striking blow to the tea party's foray into local politics, voters elected Tuesday two incumbents and a political newcomer to seats on the Oklahoma City Council. The results, which saw incumbents Meg Salyer and Pat Ryan along with challenger David Greenwell defeat three candidates endorsed by the Sooner Tea Party, also were a blow to the local firefighter union which backed the losing candidates. Greenwell defeated Ward 5 incumbent Brian Walters by about 450 votes. There will be a runoff election in April between Charlie Swinton, a senior banking officer, and Ed Shadid, a doctor, to decide who will succeed outgoing Ward 2 Councilman Sam Bowman. If the results in three of the races decided Tuesday were a stinging defeat of union-backed candidates, it was a ringing endorsement of the direction Oklahoma City is heading with initiatives such as MAPS 3, winners said. Supporters of Salyer, Ryan and Greenwell included many business interests that supported the MAPS 3 initiative. Firefighters opposed MAPS 3 and failed to back a winning candidate. The firefighter and police unions have endorsed Shadid. Political observers have noted the large amount of money spent on both sides was a bit unusual for a city council race. Salyer, who is president of a local business, garnered 64 percent of the Ward 6 vote to 27 percent for tea-party backed Adrian Van Manen, a music director at the politically active Windsor Hills Baptist Church. Jessica Holstein, a research assistant at a psychiatry clinic, received 9 percent of the vote. “I'm absolutely thrilled,” Salyer said at her watch party. “This has been so much fun to be out in the ward on a one-on-one basis ... I think that this is just a resounding result. I think it says we're doing the right stuff.” In Ward 8, Ryan, a retired utility executive, won 73 percent of the vote, easily defeating tea-party backed Cliff Hearron, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and also a member of Windsor Hills Baptist Church. In Ward 5, Greenwell, an accountant, won 54 percent of the vote in defeating businessman Walters, the only current council member to vote against MAPS 3. “I'm very pleased for everybody that participated and assisted in this campaign,” Greenwell said. “South Oklahoma City wants to be in a position to have a voice for the future of Oklahoma City. ... I think that's one of the main reasons we were successful with our campaign.” In the Ward 2 election, the two top spenders — Swinton and Shadid — will face each other in a runoff election April 5. Swinton received 43 percent of the vote and Shadid received 35 percent. Oklahoma City Planning Commissioner Janis Powers received 16 percent of the vote but did not qualify for the runoff. None of the other three candidates received more than 3 percent of the votes. “We're celebrating a great victory,” Swinton said from his watch party. “We think our issues are the best — pro job growth, pro business and pro police. It's a matter of timing. We're confident we're going to win, it's just a matter of when.” Shadid, speaking from his watch party, felt very similar. “I think we're in an excellent position,” Shadid said. “With the amount of money spent in the last week by unknown entities on behalf of Mr. Swinton ... we've made it into a runoff. I think our voters are highly motivated. We're going to win.” Council members will be sworn in at the April 12 council meeting.