Green Party Member Elected to Oklahoma City Council Last Month

from Ballot Access News
Green Party Member Elected to Oklahoma City Council Last Month
May 8th, 2011

Dr. Edward Shadid, 43, a spinal surgeon, was elected to the city council of Oklahoma City on April 5, 2011. The election was non-partisan. He had run for the legislature as a Green Party nominee in 2010, and had polled 10.5% in a race against a Democrat and a Republican. Because the Green Party has never been on the ballot, he was on the 2010 ballot as an independent.

Here is a news story about his winning a seat on the city council last month. Several hundred thousand dollars in independent expenditures were spent against him, but he still won the April run-off with 62% of the vote.

8 thoughts on “Green Party Member Elected to Oklahoma City Council Last Month

  1. Kimberly Wilder

    Hmmmm….I will investigate further later in the day. Though, I tend to trust Richard Winger’s take on things more than anything else. Maybe party membership is different in Oklahoma? Richard Winger is noting that he ran as a Green previously.

  2. Kimberly Wilder Post author

    Also, of interest in this race, a shadowy 527 — Committee For Oklahoma City Momentum — dumped a lot of money into the race, against the victor, Shadid. Here is a pre-election article:
    http://www.batesline.com/archives/2011/03/okc-shadowy-527.html
    And, more post-election (from the article linked in the story above):

    (quote) Shadid’s victory Tuesday prevented a controversial special interest group a sweep by city council candidates it supported in this year’s elections.

    The Committee for Oklahoma City Momentum spent more than $400,000 running campaigns supporting Swinton and three other candidates, according to campaign finance documents filed almost two weeks before the election (unquote)

  3. Richard Winger

    I just phoned the Oklahoma County Election Board. Dr. Shadid is a registered independent. The newspaper is wrong to say he is a Democrat. He is not permitted to register “Green”.

  4. Richard Winger

    Dr. Shadid is a registered independent. The newspaper was in error when it said he is a Democrat. I telephoned the Oklahoma County Election Board today and they say he is an independent. He is not permitted to register as a Green.

  5. Richard Winger

    This is the 3rd time I have tried to post here. Dr. Shadid is a registered independent; the newspaper is wrong to say he is a Democrat. Oklahoma election laws won’t let him register as a Green.

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