The Edmond Sun

April 2, 2013

Voters choose Lamb, Massey

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb and Ward 4 City Councilman Nick Massey each won decisive victories with all of the 32 precincts reporting in the municipal general elections Tuesday night.

Lamb received 2,069 votes, or 81.7 percent, according to the Oklahoma County Election Board . His opponent, Richard Prawdzienski, ended the night with 401 votes, or 18.3 percent of ballots cast.

Massey won 1,424 votes, or 67.4 percent of the ballots, according to the election board. His challenger, Shilpa Abbitt, received 819 votes, or 32.6 percent.

“I just want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for all of your support,” Massey said at his home-based watch party for himself and Lamb.

Lamb said he looks forward to finishing major city projects, especially the Public Safety Center. He also will see the opening of a new softball park, the development of a hotel and conference center to locate at the northwest corner of Interstate 35 and Covell, as well as the opening of the YMCA Recreation and Aquatics Center being built at Mitch Park.

“It’s going to be fun to be involved. Those are the things I’m looking forward to, and just trying to keep up with business as it unfolds,” Lamb said. “We have a pretty good council right now. I think we’re working well together. I would like to keep that going.”

Lamb supporter Clay Coldiron said that in his nearly 20 years of experience of working with municipal government, he has never met anyone more qualified than Lamb to serve as a public official.

“I think the city is in excellent hands and will remain in excellent hands,” said David Miller, former Ward 4 councilman. “I always say whenever we do elections in the city that the voters win. And, I think this time they really win big.”

In October, Lamb said he would delay his retirement in order to continue sharing his institutional knowledge with the City Council.

Lamb is seasoned in city government while in his 16th year at the City Council. He first served on the City Council from 1993-97 before being re-elected to Ward 3 in 2001. He succeeded former Mayor Patrice Douglas on Nov. 14, 2011, after Douglas resigned from her post in order to accept an appointment to the Corporation Commission by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Massey was appointed to serve on the City Council in March after Miller left the position for business purposes. Massey has 35 years of experience in business, finance and economics.

Business and economic development for Edmond has been Massey’s No. 1 goal, he said.

“I’m just glad the election is over and we can go back to work for the City of Edmond,” Massey said.

His first campaign was stressful, Massey said, but was well worth the opportunity of meeting constituents in the community. Massey said he hopes to visit with Abbitt to find a way to involve her with the city.

“I congratulate my opponent for wanting to run. I think it’s good when people want to be in the process,” Massey said. “I compliment her for running a clean race.”

Results will be certified by county election boards not earlier than 5 p.m. Friday. | 341-2121