LAWTON(KFDX/KJTL)—The race for Ward 3 Lawton Councilor will now head to a runoff.
Incumbent Caleb Davis came in second behind Linda Chapman who secured 46 percent of the votes.
Donna Mata and Derek Berry also ran for the seat, however, neither of them garnered enough votes to make it to the runoff.
The results show Davis received 173 votes and Chapman received 265 and though the runoff is about a month away, the work does not stop for either candidate.
Lawton residents cast their votes Tuesday to determine their next ward three city council member, but the election ended with none of the four candidates receiving more than 50 percent of the votes.
On November 12, seat Incumbent Caleb Davis will face off with retired elementary school teacher Linda Chapman.
“This year over $8 million just in Ward three so I’m very proud of those accomplishments but there is still a lot of work left to do so I still plan on getting more money to the roads, sidewalks, and infrastructure,” Davis said.
And while he fights to serve another term Davis is being charged with felony embezzlement stemming from a 2018 OSBI investigation where he allegedly misappropriated a $6,000 campaign donation to Think Lawton, a consulting company Davis owns and operates.
The charges against him were upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony on Friday.
Despite the allegations, Davis said he wants to finish what he started when he first took office back in 2017.
“Don’t believe the hype, don’t believe the lies and the collusion to try and oust me out of office, the government they don’t want a representative exposing their backroom deals and I’ve done that for two and half years and they are determined to get rid of me,” Davis said.
Chapman who is a retired elementary school teacher said should she win her first plan of action is to work on adding more years to the CIP plan which should end in a few years, without increasing residents’ taxes.
“Most importantly I am concerned with the different issues in Lawton,” Chapman said. “We’ve lost population and when you lose population you lose that support base.”
And if she wins Chapman said she hopes to bring harmony to Lawton through honesty, integrity, and respect
“I feel very strongly that we need to work as a team. in the city council. it’s not a council of one it’s a council of eight,” Chapman said.
Election aside, Chapman and Davis said their goal is to tend to the needs of the residents.
KFDX reached out to the other two candidates, Berry and Mata, before polls closed for comment, however, neither of them responded.
We will continue to follow this race come November.
UPDATE 8:08 p.m.: Lawton Ward 3 City Councilor Caleb Davis will face off against Linda Chapman on Nov. 12 after none of the four candidates who vied for the seat received more than 50% of the vote.
|Candidate||Early Voting||Total Votes|
|Linda Chapman||59 votes||265 votes (46.07%)|
|Caleb Davis (I)||23 votes||173 votes (30.07%)|
|Donna Mata||16 votes||90 votes (15.65%)|
|Derek Berry||2 votes||47 votes (8.17%)|
LAWTON (KFDX/KJTL) — Early voting numbers for the Lawton Council Member Ward 3 show Linda Chapman leading the polls for the seat.