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June 25, 2014

Williams wins Ward 2 seat

NORMAN — Cheers rang out through the restaurant Local as unofficial results came in electing Clint Williams to the Ward 2 City Council seat Tuesday night.

Friends and family members celebrated with Williams. The 31-year-old director of a local social service agency received 1,335 votes to defeat educator Aleisha Karjala’s 795, complete but unofficial returns showed Tuesday. It was the only non-partisan race on Tuesday’s primary ballot.

Williams replaces longtime council member Tom Kovach who began serving in July 2008.

“I am thrilled to be selected to represent Ward 2 on the City Council. I look forward to the work that we will do together to make Norman a better place for everyone,” Williams said Tuesday.

Williams has lived in Norman for 12 years. He is the executive director of the Mary Abbott Children’s House and former executive director of The Xenia Institute, positions which allowed him to work for causes in the public domain.

He was a member of Leadership Norman 2012 and has served on the Development Oversight Committee for TIF District No. 2

As a loud roar rose up from friends and family, he sat down to rest for a moment with a wide smile on his face before beginning his toast.

“I want to say the first thing that you always say, which is thank you to everybody who’s helped in all the different ways that is possible to help. People who have walked the street with me, people who have given money, people who have given counsel when I’ve had those dark, horrible moments of ‘Why am I doing this? What am I gonna do? Is it gonna work?’ and I want to thank you all,” Williams said.

Throughout the campaign he experienced a full gamut of emotions, sometimes in just one day, but he said he is thankful for all of the people who have supported him along the way.

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