The Norman Transcript


April 3, 2013

Council trio unseated



Miller, whose late husband also served on the council, picked up 57.9 percent of the vote with 802 to Spaulding’s 583 votes, representing 42 percent.

Attempts to reach Spaulding late Tuesday were unsuccessful.

In Ward 7, Linda Lockett and Stephen Tyler Holman ran a tight race for the second time. Two years ago, Lockett won by 21 votes. This time, she lost by 27 votes.

“I think there was nothing similar about us,” Lockett said. “I think they made their choice.

“I’m disappointed, I think I served the council well and I think I would have in the future, but I have no apologies. I think we ran a very hard, clean race that I’m proud of.”

“I can hardly believe it, Norman is my hometown and I’m still kind of overwhelmed by it,” Holman said. “We figured that it’d probably be close. Our ward has a historically low voter turnout. We told everyone it could come down to one vote, so vote, vote, vote.

“Every door we knocked on, every person we talked to, every Facebook message we sent out, we tried to make it clear it could come to just one vote,” Holman said.

Holman, 28, was one of the youngest to run. Carter, also 28, withdrew from the bid for Ward 3.

Lockett, 74, like Gallagher, was one of the oldest to have council seats.

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