Election year excitement played a role in 2012 not only because of the presidential election but also due to the heated race between the candidates of the second congressional district.
Dakota Wood, Dwayne Thompson, Dustin Rowe, George Faught and Markwayne Mullin took turns making headlines throughout the race.
Although, none received more attention than Congressman Markwayne Mullin, he won the election despite intense scrutiny.
Mullin battled the Federal Election Commission and reports of problems with convicted felons that worked for his plumbing business Mullin Plumbing.
He proved that ultimately the decision is up to the voters and they spoke loudly as he won with a large majority.
Beyond the District 2 race candidates for Rogers County offices took to the streets door knocking and placing campaign signs.
That is until a woman in a van was captured on videotape removing Sheriff Scott Walton’s signs at a nearby business.
Rumors continued through the campaign regarding different sign thefts or vandalism.
President Obama may have won the presidential race, however Oklahomans maintained the title of reddest state in the nation.
City of Claremore
The city of Claremore created a buzz this year with the addition of the new city manager Jim Thomas.
Thomas came to town after an eventful budget season where the city refinanced its multi million-dollar debt preventing future default.
In the shadow of that decision city employees led a campaign for significant raises for a number of department heads.
Ultimately the city council voted for only a few modest cost of living increases, yet this did not stop some raises from approval.
Another hot issue was the weather and the impact on the city’s water supply. Only a few inches from mandatory rationing the city closely monitored lake levels.
The city’s water woes did not stop there as notices were sent out about the city’s water quality and the year ended with a broken pump at the outdated water plant.
Thomas begins 2013 with a lot on his plate as the city works to improve infrastructure and bring development to Claremore.