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Incumbent Pat Ryan, facing an opponent with Sooner Tea Party backing, says Tuesday’s election will be a referendum for the city’s future.

Clifton Adcock February 23rd, 2011

Tuesday’s Oklahoma City Council race is likely to be decided without a runoff. Ward 8 encompasses the far northern and northwestern part of the city, pitting incumbent Pat Ryan against challenger Cliff Hearron.

HEARRON

Cliff Hearron, 74, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, is a parttime instructor of German and Russian languages at Windsor Hills Baptist Church’s Oklahoma Baptist College.

Hearron said he’s running because he felt many issues are being neglected, including street and road repairs and police and fire protection.

He said he would vote the way a majority of those in Ward 8 want, and would review the MAPS 3 program.

“I will vote right to do those things I think are important, having talked to the citizens of Ward 8 in-depth,” Hearron said. “If you want something done down there, you need someone with a voice and the guts to stand up and say it, and that’s what I intend to do.”

Hearron has been endorsed by the Sooner Tea Party and the local chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters. Hearron’s campaign received a maximum donation of $5,000 from the local chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

Oklahoma Gazette found online photographs from an Oklahoma Baptist College spring 2010 event known as the North-South School of the Prophets, in which several student evangelists are pictured holding both the United States and Confederate Battle flags. Hearron said he has attended the event.

RYAN

Patrick Ryan, 72, retired as vice chairman of OGE in 1997, said he hopes to continue the city’s momentum.

“We’re doing things right; we’re the envy of cities all over the country,” he said.

Ryan said he would encourage economic development and job growth.

“This election in a large measure is a referendum for the citizens to decide which direction they want city to go in,” he said.

Ryan said projects improving down town benefit all areas of the city, and that previous MAPS programs earned a large return on investment.

His donors include Oklahoma City Thunder owner Clayton Bennett, who donated $1,000, and Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Chairman Carl Edwards, who donated $2,500.

Ryan is one of four who got maximum donations of $5,000 from Chesapeake Energy’s political action committee and Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon. The other three are Ward 2 candidate Charles Swinton, Ward 5 challenger David Greenwell and Ward 6 incumbent Meg Salyer.

View Ward 8’s boundaries and the exclusive story, “Challengers in Oklahoma City Council races discuss online photos.”

 
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