McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

March 4, 2014

Nobody wins; another election expected in Ward 6 council race

By James Beaty
Senior Editor

McALESTER — A new Ward 6 McAlester city councilor won’t be named until April 1 — and that’s no joke.

Cletis Lowe Jr., 31, garnered the most votes in the Tuesday election to name a new Ward 6 city councilor, but he came in just short of the 50 percent plus-one margin needed for an outright win, according to election officials.

That leaves Lowe and current Ward 6 Councilor Jason Barnett, 41, poised for what in effect will be a run-off election on April 1, although in this case it’s technically called a general election.

Lowe received a total of 78 votes for 49.06 percent of the ballots cast, according to unofficial election results.

Barnett followed with 66, for 41.51 percent.

Candidate Marsha Coyle, 54, received 15 votes, for 9.43 percent of the ballots cast.

The expected run-off election between Lowe and Barnett is set for the same April 1 date as the McAlester Public Schools upcoming bond election.

The ultimate winner of the city council race will take the seat previously held by former Ward 6 Councilor/Vice Mayor Sam Mason.

Mason had resigned in December and the McAlester City Council had subsequently appointed Barnett to fill Mason’s unexpired term.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.