Stillwater voters approved a sales tax for roads an reelected a city councilor on Tuesday’s elections.
Incumbent Councilor John Wedlake won the municipal election for City Council Seat 3. In the county election, voters approved a resolution extending an existing Payne County sales tax.
According to the Oklahoma Election Board’s unofficial election results, Wedlake received 81.99 percent of the total votes while his opponent, Oklahoma State University student Slade Mielitz, received 18.01 percent. The proposal extending the sales tax passed by an even larger margin, with 88.09 percent of votes cast in favor of the extension.
Wedlake, whose term was set to expire in April, earned another four years on the Stillwater City Council with his successful re-election. The sales tax has been extended to March 31, 2031.
Mielitz said he will continue his studies at Oklahoma State, and he will likely run for local office again in the future.
According to the Election Board’s unofficial results, only 1,660 people participated in the election for City Council Seat 3, and only 3,049 people participated in the county election. The Oklahoma Election Board’s voter registration report indicates that as of Nov. 1, 2019, there were 39,144 registered voters in Payne County.
Wedlake said his re-election helps to reinforce what he and the rest of the City Council are doing.
“Thank you to the citizens of Stillwater for once again placing your trust in me as one of your voices,” Wedlake said. “This is an exciting time in Stillwater's history, and I am thrilled to play a small part in this transformative period moving forward.”