By a margin of 22 votes, incumbent Harrah City Councilman Sammy Martin was defeated in Tuesday’s election by Joe Kreke, a candidate who campaigned on his opposition to the Eastern Oklahoma County Turnpike.
On his Facebook page, Kreke said the EOC turnpike could cut through some or all of his family’s land:
“I won’t sit here and say that this is the only issue facing Harrah in the coming years. There are other things to be done, especially if the turnpike plan goes through. If that happens, Harrah will have to shift gears and make the best of the hand we’ve been dealt. I’ve got some ideas to get the citizens of Harrah more involved with local government too,” said Kreke.
Unofficial election results from the Oklahoma State Election Board show Martin received 204 votes, while Kreke garnered 226.