Vying for Ward 2 seat were incumbent Linda Agee and Ron Gillham Sr. It was a tight race, but Gillham won with 52 percent of the vote.
Some new faces are about to join current Ward 5 Commissioner Lesa Shaw and Ward 6 Commissioner Micheal Dykstra on the seven-member Shawnee City Commission –– two will be new Mayor Richard Finley and Ward 4 Commissioner Darren Rutherford, who both won unopposed in April.
New commissioners will begin their terms Sept. 5, City Manager Justin Erickson said.
Tuesday's election just determined who would fill the Ward 2 Commissioner seat. The Ward 2 office is a four-year term.
Vying for Ward 2 seat were incumbent Linda Agee and Ron Gillham Sr.
It was a tight race. Gillham Sr. won the seat with 1,933 votes (51.60 percent); Agee received 1,813 votes (48.40 percent –– 3,746 votes total were recorded.
Gillham had announced, a week after filing, that his circumstances had changed and wasn't sure he'd have enough time to commit to the post. But just days before the election he confirmed he would be willing to serve, if elected –– he said he had grown especially concerned after observing the current climate of the local campaign cycle.
He said the results were very humbling.
“I am very appreciative of those who put their trust in me,” he said.
Gillham Sr. said the race has been a very political situation.
“I hope something's been settled, coming out with a victory,” he said. “We need to look at the situation very carefully and restore our relationship with the tribes.”
He said the political nature of the election has brought up many issues.
“I've been on both ends –– like Linda –– it's not a repudiation,” he said. “It was a political situation that allowed me to win. People reacted to that.”
He said he looks forward to the challenge of the office.
Just before 9 p.m., in an email to City Manager Justin Erickson, Agee said, “I just saw the final election results for the municipal election and it appears that Ron Gillham has won the Ward 2 seat. I am disappointed but more than that, I wish to honor the vote of the people and let Mr. Gillham begin serving as soon as possible. Therefore, please accept this e-mail as my official resignation, effective immediately.”
Gillham Sr., in response, said, “I don't believe I have the right to take her position.”
He said he thought the current City Commission would have to determine what to do about it.
“That's an unusual situation,” he said. “But I'm willing to do whatever they decide.”
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