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The Latest: Ex-mayor beats dead official who was on ballot

April 3, 2019
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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2010, file photo, Charles Lamb, Mayor Pro Tem and council member for the city of Edmond, Okla., answers a question at a news conference in Oklahoma City. Lamb, the late mayor of the Oklahoma City suburb, who died in December 2018, has advanced to the general election following a Facebook campaign supporting him. Lamb's name will be on the April 2, 2019, general election ballot with former Mayor Dan O'Neil, after Lamb finished second to O'Neil in the February primary. If the late Lamb is elected, the City Council would appoint a mayor. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on a municipal election in an Oklahoma City suburb that includes a candidate who died in December (all times local):

9:05 p.m.

A former mayor of the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond has defeated a candidate who died in December but who still advanced to the general election.

Unofficial results posted by the Oklahoma State Election Board show Dan O’Neil won Tuesday’s mayoral election over the late Charles Lamb, who was mayor when he died Dec. 11.

O’Neil and Lamb were the top vote-getters in a February primary.

O’Neil has called the election “awkward” and said he will continue doing the work Lamb was doing.

If Lamb had won, the City Council would have appointed a mayor.

Edmond resident Michelle Schaefer started a Facebook campaign backing Lamb because she wanted City Councilman Nick Massey appointed as mayor. Massey has said he would be “honored” to accept the appointment, but he did not campaign for people to vote for Lamb.

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12:55 p.m.

Turnout appeared to be light in a race for mayor in an Oklahoma City suburb where one of the candidates died three months ago.

At one precinct in Edmond, just two people had voted my midmorning Tuesday.

Mayor Charles Lamb died Dec. 11 , days after filing for re-election but beyond the deadline to remove his name from the ballot.

Lamb’s name is on the ballot with former Mayor Dan O’Neil, who finished ahead of Lamb in February’s primary.

At another precinct voter John Benson said he’s “not going to vote for a dead man.” Voter Carolyn Hines said she would have voted for Lamb if he were alive, but voted for O’Neil because she’s uncomfortable with the City Council appointing the mayor should Lamb be elected.

Polls are open until 7 p.m.

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12:15 a.m.

Voters in an Oklahoma City suburb will choose a mayor from two men who held the job before, except that one of them is dead.

City rules say the name of the late Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb, who died Dec. 11 while in office, must appear on Tuesday’s ballot facing Dan O’Neil, also a former mayor. Lamb came in second to O’Neil in February’s primary.

If Lamb wins, the City Council would appoint a mayor. City spokesman Casey Moore says when Lamb died, the deadline to remove his name from the ballot had passed.

Edmond resident Michelle Schaefer organized a Facebook campaign backing Lamb because she wants City Councilman Nick Massey to be appointed and carry on the late mayor’s policies.

Massey said he would be “honored” to accept the appointment but would not campaign for people to vote for Lamb.

Polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.