Incumbent James Harrod, vice mayor –– hoping to remain the Ward 3 Commissioner –– has been running against Kelli Gray McCullar. Harrod narrowly managed to retain his seat with 1,964 votes, or 52.07 percent.
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 3 Commissioner seat. The Ward 3 office is a four-year term.
Incumbent James Harrod, vice mayor –– hoping to remain the Ward 3 Commissioner –– has been running against Kelli Gray McCullar. Harrod narrowly managed to retain his seat with 1,964 votes, or 52.07 percent. McCullar received 1,808 votes, or 47.93 percent –– from a total of 3,772 votes recorded in the race.
An intense ad campaign between the two candidates has sparked some controversy that threatened to drive a wedge between the city and area tribes.
Harrod said he thought the results were a good deal for the commission.
An intense ad campaign between the two candidates sparked some controversy that threatened to drive a wedge between the city and area tribes.
“We've won five seats,” he said, referring to the winners of Wards 1, 2, 4 and the mayor race. During filing in April, Darren Rutherford won Ward 4 and Richard Finley won the mayor seat; they ran unopposed.
With the addition of Bushong and Gillham Sr., who just won Wards 1 and 2, respectively, Harrod said he feels pretty comfortable with the outcome.
“Everything is going our way,” he said. “It will be good for the community.”
Harrod said he was pleased with the support he received and looks forward to the opportunity to serve again.
McCullar, in response to the election results, said it's not over; it was only her first time running.
She said she was honored to have had the opportunity to run.
“I've learned so much more about our community, and I have met so many new wonderful friends,” she said.
McCullar thanked all the people who supported her, day in and day out, throughout her campaign.
“I'd like to acknowledge J.T. Weedman, for making it about the tribes and Rocky Barrett and bringing awareness to the serious issues with our city and our tribal nations,” she said. “I will continue to focus on the growth of our community.”
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You can reach Vicky O. Misa at (405) 214-3962.