Stillwater News Press

March 27, 2013

Stillwater City Council candidates seek a defining moment

By Chris Day
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Three of the four candidates for Stillwater City Council said they wouldn’t accept campaign contributions from someone that does business with the city.

City Council Seat One incumbent Joe Weaver said Stillwater is a small town, adding it’s difficult not to accept a campaign contribution from someone who might, at some point, have dealings with the city.

Weaver’s opponent Micah Lefebvre and Seat Two candidates — incumbent Philip Pina and challenger Gina Noble — said they felt it was a conflict of interest to accept contributions from a person with ties to city of Stillwater business.

All the candidates said votes cast at City Council meetings should not be influenced by special interests or campaign donors.

Weaver, Lefebvre, Pina and Noble spent about an hour Tuesday night answering questions at a Stillwater League of Women Voters forum at the Stillwater Municipal Building. The forum was broadcast on the city of Stillwater’s channel on Suddenlink and ATT U-Verse. It also will be available on the city of Stillwater’s YouTube channel.

The municipal election is Tuesday. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at polling sites throughout the city. Polling locations are available at the Payne County Election Board tab on the county’s website, www.paynecounty.org. Early voting will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Monday at the Payne County Administration Building, 315 W. Sixth Avenue.

The candidates answered questions about a variety of issues, ranging from engaging residents in city committee work to water, wastewater and roads, public transportation and retail and industrial recruitment.

Most of their answers were similar.

Weaver, Lefebvre, Pina and Noble said they would encourage residents to join city committees, support water, wastewater and road improvements and incentives to bring retailers, restaurants and industries to Stillwater.