Claremore Daily Progress

April 3, 2013

Municipal election experience low voter turnout

Purkey, Shockley, Sweet, Williams, Lawrence and Savage elected

Salesha Wilken
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE — Rogers County voters turned out in low numbers for the municipal elections on Tuesday.

Claremore had the highest turnout with 305 votes cast resulting in the reelection of Councilor Don Purkey.

Two percent of the city’s 11,075 registered voters participated in the election.

Purkey received 218 votes or 71 percent against challenger Dwayne Caldwell who had 87 votes in his favor.

The other municipalities in Rogers County also had low voter turnout 1,152 total votes cast in Catoosa, Oologah and Inola combined.

Catoosa had three items on the ballot with 294 individual voters participating.

In the city council race Thomas Sweet received 191 or 66 percent of the vote against Sandra Myers’s 98 votes.

Greg Williams was elected Ward 3 council member with 234 or 81 percent of the vote, his challenger David Watt received 52 votes.

The proposition for the city of Catoosa passed with a small margin, 164 or 55 percent for and 130 or 44 percent against.

Two trustees were selected in Inola, Greg Lawrence and Craig Savage.

Lawrence received 51 or 27 percent and Savage received 50 or 27 percent of the vote.

Bobby Kasten received 44 votes or 23 percent followed by Peggy Harlow with 39 or 21 percent of the vote.

Oologah elected Mat Shockley with 59 or 59 percent and Janet Miller received 40 or 40 percent of the 99 voters that participated.

A total of 882 or one percent of the approximately 50,000 registered voters in Rogers County participated in this election.