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March 5, 2013

Candidate withdraws from city council race

NORMAN — Ward 3 Norman City Council candidate Benjamin Joel Carter, 800 Bass Court Norman, has said he is withdrawing from the city council race, but his name still will appear on the April 2 ballot.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances regarding my residency within Ward 3, at the end of this week, I will no longer be eligible for the position,” Carter said. “At the time of my filing, I had no intention of leaving Ward 3, but I am reminded that, ‘Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.’”

Carter said he was committed to the campaign and was “looking forward to the exchanging of ideas with my constituents and the current Ward 3 council member in the local forums. I wish to send my sincerest regret for this unforeseen circumstance and to wish Council Member Robert Castleberry the best of luck during his next two years as the Ward 3 city council member.

“Thank you for your patience and hopeful understanding of my situation.”

This year’s election includes the race for mayor and for odd-numbered council seats.

Running for Ward 1 are Greg Heiple, 48, 1021 Laird’s Wood Circle, and Roger Gallagher, 72, 1522 E. Boyd St.

Gallagher is the incumbent. A Vietnam veteran, he has been a Norman resident since 1976 and has lived in Ward 1 the entire time. He has served as the Ward 1 council member since July 2011.

Heiple is a life-long Norman resident, small business owner and father of two sons. He said he is passionate about his hometown and understands the importance of Norman’s authentic mix of culture, diversity and history while maintaining a vibrant business community.

In Ward 5, Lynne Miller, 67, 801 48th Ave. SE, and Dave Spaulding, 38, 6700 NE 103rd Ave., will face off.

Miller is a retired Norman Public School principal and a small-business owner. She has been a resident of the ward for more than 25 years and is a lifetime Norman resident.

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