Polls open today for city vote
The polls will open at 7 a.m. today for the Lawton City Council races for Wards 6, 7, 8.
Voting precincts will be open until 7 p.m. for the Lawton races, as well as a school bond issue proposal in the Velma-Alma school district and a franchise agreement for residents of Cement.
In Lawton, three incumbents are facing five challengers as they try to keep their seats for another three-year term.
In Ward 6, first-term incumbent Cherry Phillips is facing a challenge from Sean Fortenbaugh, whom she defeated in a runoff election in 2014 to win her seat. Phillips is a local businesswoman who runs Fit for Life, an exercise studio for adults. Fortenbaugh, who retired as an Army warrant officer, is the owner of four Marco's Pizza restaurants.
In Ward 7, incumbent V. Gay F. McGahee is facing challenger Onreka Givens Johnson. McGahee was appointed Ward 7 councilwoman in October 2015 to replace the late Stanley Haywood, then won a special election the following year to finish Haywood's unexpired term. She is office manager for Galilee Missionary Baptist Church and a counselor for Comanche Nation Family Assistance Center. Johnson is founder of Next Step TLP and also is a certified behavioral health case manager with Lifeworks Counseling.
In Ward 8, incumbent Doug Wells is facing challenges from three opponents: Tom Leon, Jo Peters and Randy Warren.