Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

April 4, 2013

Votes to make change, runoff set

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — Voters in both Pauls Valley and Elmore City used their ballots to make changes in the mayors’ offices, while one local city council race still remains.

Ousted by big margins during Tuesday’s municipal elections were PV Mayor Tim Gamble and Elmore City Mayor Larry Dale Cleveland.

Easily defeating Gamble was challenger Patrick Grimmett, while Cleveland lost to Joel Crawford in EC’s vote.

Although this election is over another is on the way soon as PV’s other city council race resulted in incumbent Hal Blevins and challenger Zac Brumley setting up for a runoff vote later this spring.

In the one race Grimmett collected 71 percent of the votes cast as he outdistanced Gamble by a 266 to 108 count during a chilly and rainy election day.

“I’m excited and ready to get in there and see what I can do to make things better,” Grimmett said Wednesday morning.

“I want to continue the progress Pauls Valley has already seen,” he said.

Grimmett added he thinks the vote was more for a change rather than a reflection on Gamble during his 12 years on Pauls Valley City Council.

“Tim has done a good job and a lot of good things happened with him in office,” Grimmett said.

“I think maybe people were looking for a change.”

The other race finished with Blevins as the top vote-getter, followed close by Brumley as Jeff Paine came in third place.

Blevins received 160 votes, or 43.2 percent, while Brumley collected 115 votes (31.1 percent). The vote total for Paine was 95 ballots (25.7 percent).

Blevins and Brumley are now expected to square off again during a runoff election on May 14. For now the date is unofficial.

In Elmore City the mayor’s race finished with Crawford claiming a 145 to 45 win over Cleveland as he received more than 76 percent of the votes.

David Schmidt claimed the Ward 1 council seat in EC with a 108-81 win over Searcy J. Simmons Jr.

In a three-candidate race Tim Clark won a two-year unexpired term for the Ward 4 post on the council.

Clark received 106 votes (57 percent) followed by Victoria Wampler (41 votes) and Tony Brister (38 votes).

Only two ballots separated the candidates in Stratford race for town treasurer.

David Alberson finished with eight votes, while six ballots went to Sharon Bellew.

It was even closer for a school board race in Wynnewood as Donnie Rollings claimed the win by a single vote.

Rollings finished with 277 votes, while Terry Brown collected 276.