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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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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.”

“I've made some enemies since I got elected,” Woods said recently. “I guess you could say I ask the wrong questions.”

Woods never denied that he continued to meet with Apex Wind Energy, which is planning a massive wind farm in northern Canadian and southern Kingfisher counties, but he claimed that some residents of northern Piedmont actually were interested in having the turbines on their property.

Suttles said many Piedmont residents believe the turbines that come with a wind farm would limit growth, hurt property values and become a potential safety hazard if Apex Wind Energy is allowed to build them close to the city.

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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