Oklahoma elections: Shawnee elects new mayor, two new city commissioners

Mayor Linda Peterson is defeated by Wesley Mainord. Candidates backed by Citizens for Responsible Government sweep election.
BY ANN KELLEY akelley@opubco.com Modified: June 26, 2012 at 11:46 pm •  Published: June 27, 2012

Mainord said he plans to make sure city tax dollars are well spent, promote city growth and support projects that will improve the quality of life for Shawnee residents.

The only incumbent supported by Citizens for Responsible Government was Ward 3 Commissioner James Harrod, who spoke out against the Nov. 14 tax initiative. Harrod, 72, defeated his sole opponent, Jeannetta Townes, 52, by a vote of 1,986 to 1,078.

Ward 2 candidate Linda Agee, 61, and Ward 3 candidate Keith Hall, 52, also were backed by Citizens for Responsible Government.

Agee won the Ward 2 seat, defeating opponent Jo Davis, 69, by a vote of 2,107 to 963.

Hall and David Bergsten, 47, will face each other in a runoff for the Ward 4 seat. Hall received 1,405 votes, Bergsten 926, and Collier 513.

Pottawatomie County races

Democrat Raeshel Flewallen, 50, of Shawnee, will be the new Pottawatomie County clerk, according to unofficial election returns. Flewallen narrowly defeated Stacie O'Bright-Brown, 41, of Shawnee, 1,476 to 1,468. No Republicans filed for the office.

Flewallen has worked for retiring County Clerk Nancy Bryce for 11 years and serves as her first deputy clerk.

Bryan Richards, 51, of Wanette, won the Democratic nomination for District 2 county commissioner. Richards beat Frank Sims, 54, of Shawnee, 693 to 317.

Richards is vying for the seat held by his father, Jerry Richards, who is retiring. He will face Republican Randy Thomas, 50, of Macomb, and independent Scott Reynolds, 62, of Wanette, in the Nov. 6 general election.

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