As an open seat, Ward 2 drew the most candidates. Kovach announced prior to filing that he would not seek re-election.
Williams handily won the seat against three opponents but narrowly missed the required margin to avoid a runoff. He will face off with Karjala in June.
“I am honored to have been selected as one of two candidates who will continue to vie for the Ward 2 seat on the city council,” Williams said. “I look forward to sharing more plans and ideas with Ward 2 residents as the campaign goes forward.”
Williams, 31, is the executive director of the Mary Abbott Children’s House and former executive director of The Xenia Institute.
Karjala, a 39-year-old educator, is a 16-year resident of Norman and vice chair of the Library Board.
Also running were Matthew Leal, 31, who moved to Norman nearly a decade ago after his last deployment with the Oklahoma Army National Guard, and Gary Caissie, 53. Caissie is the president of Oklahoma Flight Research Center, a nonprofit he started in 1998.
Ward 2 includes the area east of Interstate 35 between Robinson Street and the southern city limits, east on Robinson Street to 24th Avenue Northwest and south to Dakota. Ward 2 borders Berry Road on the east from Denison Street to Imhoff Road, and south of Imhoff Road, the eastern boundary is Chautauqua Avenue.
Since the recent reapportionment of wards, this ward now includes approximately the south half of the section north of Main Street between I-35 and Berry Road, with Dakota, Iowa and Denison being the northern boundary.
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