Edmond citywide election will decide a mayor and referendum questions
EDMOND — Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday to elect a mayor for the next two years and decide the fate of a city council decision to rezone property just north of 15th Street and Bryant Avenue allowing for upscale shopping and up to 325 residential units.
The election is open to all registered voters who live in the city limits of Edmond. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Mayor Charles Lamb, 70, is running for re-election. This will be Lamb's ninth time to run for city office. He was the former Ward 3 councilman.
Former Mayor Saundra Naifeh's name also will be on the ballot despite having pulled out of the mayoral race in February for family reasons.
When Naifeh made her announcement, it was too late for her to officially withdraw from the race and get her name off the ballot.
City leaders will have to turn to the city charter to fill the mayor's job if Naifeh wins and decides not to take office.
City Attorney Steve Murdock said the city charter states that if a vacancy in the office of the mayor or city council occurs, the mayor and council will appoint a person to fill such vacancy to hold the office until the next general city election.
Naifeh said she has been trying to keep silent since she suspended her campaign.
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"There is no reason for me to win," she said. "It doesn't even make sense."
"We are not campaigning as aggressive as if I had an active opponent," Lamb said. "I had no choice but to keep campaigning."
Lamb encourages people to get out and vote.
"It is not over until it is over," Lamb said. "It is still very important to me.
"Edmond is on a good track. I think we can keep going and I would be honored to stay on the train for a while."
Voters to decide two questions
People also will vote on two propositions that are on the ballots as a result of referendum petitions circulated by opponents of construction of the Shops of Spring Creek lifestyle center, including housing located in a multistory building with underground parking.
The proposal features about 50 new retailers, a boutique theater and a specialty grocery store.
Developer Poag Shopping Center of Memphis, Tennessee, has a contract to purchase Spring Creek Plaza and wants to acquire the 26 acres to the north as well to create a lifestyle center.
City council members on Nov. 14 amended the land use plan and rezoned the property at the request of the developer.
If a majority of "yes" votes are cast, the council's action approving the plan amendment and rezoning will stand and plans for the development can proceed.
If "no" votes prevail on the ballot, the council's action will be rescinded, disallowing the plan amendment and rezoning, blocking the project from moving forward.
Opponents object to the project because of the number of proposed apartments, additional traffic, parking and the effects on nearby E.C. Hafer Park.
Opponents, led by Dan O'Neil, a former Edmond mayor, and Lydia Lee, a former planning commissioner and attorney, collected more than 810 verified signatures to call for the election. Only 691 signatures were needed to get the vote before the people.
Supporters, led by the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce, encourages people to vote "yes" because it will bring about 800 new jobs, the estimated $150 million investment would help Edmond Public Schools with an increase in the ad valorem tax base and the development would make Edmond a destination.