Waner coasts to win

Elizabeth Waner is congratulated by her husband, Joe (left), and their son, Mark, at her home Tuesday night following her re-election to the Edmond City Council.

Edmond City Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner easily won a third term in Tuesday’s Ward 2 race for City Council.

With all 31 precincts reporting, Waner held the lead with 2,333 votes or 84.41 percent of the count against her opponent Mike Fightmaster, who had 431 votes or 15.59 percent of the votes, according to the Oklahoma County Election Board.

“I think that is a vote of confidence and I’m very thankful that Edmond residents felt that way,” Waner said. “I think the honor is mine. I’m very pleased. I’ve learned a lot from my service.”

Edmond is a great community, Waner continued. I felt that way when I joined the City Council eight years ago, she said.

The 2,764 votes cast in the Ward 2 City Council race was a good showing for one City Council race, she said. Waner thanked her supporters who campaigned on her behalf.

Edmond Planning Commission Chairman Barry Moore joked he is disappointed that Waner did not bust 85 percent of the electorate, but he would take what she got.

“I’m really blessed to have Elizabeth Waner on the City Council,” Moore said.

Waner, who is outspoken on voter participation said, “Voting is a learned behavior and I think we need to do a better job of teaching it.” Voting is a great opportunity, she continued.

“She’s always been a supporter of the Keep Edmond Green initiative,” Lissa Wohltmann said. “And she has listened to the people. She does what they want her to do.”

Plenty of politicians cater to special interests, but not Waner, Wohltmann said.

Prior to her work on the Edmond City Council, Waner served for 10 years on the Edmond Planning Commission and was a member of the Edmond Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

Waner serves as chairwoman of the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments Board of Directors. She is also a member of the city’s Visual Arts Commission and the Public Works Committee.

Former Planning Commission member, Suzy Thrash, said Waner is one of the most conscientious and dedicated public servants who has served on the City Council.

“I know she studies and looks at things from every angle,” Thrash said.

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