Piedmont councilman faces recall election Tuesday

A Piedmont city councilman faces a recall election Tuesday after he drew the ire of local residents by meeting with a wind energy company that has shown interest in erecting giant turbines in the fast-growing town.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: August 10, 2013 at 12:58 am •  Published: August 11, 2013
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— A Piedmont city councilman faces a recall election Tuesday after he drew the ire of local residents by meeting with a wind energy company that has shown interest in erecting giant turbines near the fast-growing town.

Councilman Vernon Woods is facing two others Tuesday — Bobby Williamson and Donovan Rubley — after a local group collected the required number of signatures and submitted a petition to the Piedmont City Council demanding a recall election.

Pam Suttles, a local resident leading the charge to hold the recall election, said many local residents became upset with Woods after he continued to meet with representatives of Apex Wind Energy Inc. after city officials decided not to allow the massive turbines to be erected within Piedmont city limits.

“He's not representing the citizens in his ward and he's not returning phone calls to some of them,” Suttles said. “We didn't have trouble collecting the signatures.”

Woods said the recall election has little to do with the planned wind farm and more to do with “political games the likes of which Piedmont has never seen.”

“This ain't about windmills,” Woods said. “I've made some enemies since I got elected. ... I guess you could say I ask the wrong questions.”

Woods did not deny that he continued to meet with Apex Wind Energy, which is planning a massive wind farm in northern Canadian and southern Kingfisher counties, even after a group of Piedmont residents expressed strong opposition to the idea.


by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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