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Piedmont councilman voted out in recall election

A Piedmont city councilman who faced a recall election Tuesday lost after one of his two challengers pulled in nearly 55 percent of the vote. Councilman Vernon Woods received 35.7 percent of the vote Tuesday night.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: August 13, 2013 at 10:25 pm •  Published: August 14, 2013
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A Piedmont city councilman who faced a recall election Tuesday lost after one of his two challengers pulled in nearly 55 percent of the vote.

Councilman Vernon Woods, who upset some local residents by meeting privately with officials from a company interested in building a wind farm in northern Piedmont, lost to Bobby Williamson in Tuesday's election.

Woods received 35.7 percent of the vote Tuesday night. When he was re-elected last year, he received nearly 70 percent of the vote.

Local resident Donovan Rubley ran for the council seat, as well, but he garnered just 9.7 percent of the vote.

Pam Suttles, a local resident who led 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 before Tuesday's election. “We didn't have trouble collecting the signatures.”

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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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