The Duncan Banner

Local News

April 2, 2014

Nelson retains 2nd Ward seat

DUNCAN — Dr. Mike Nelson put his hometown ties to good use  when he won re-election on Tuesday to the 2nd Ward seat on the Duncan City Council.

Nelson received 1,339 votes,  46.2 percent of the total, to win.

Chris Schreckengost received 953 votes for 32.9 percent and Bill Schneekloth received 607 votes for 20.9 percent.

“I put my faith in Duncan residents,” said Nelson, who won his first term in 2011.

Of the 15 precincts voting in the council race, Nelson carried all but three. Those three (The Christian Center, First United Methodist and West Side Christian Church) were carried by Schreckengost with the biggest margin being  30 votes. Schneekloth didn’t win any precincts, but did top  Schreckengost in Precinct 16, Western Heights Baptist Church, by 23 votes.

Western Heights also carried Nelson’s biggest margin. For that polling location, Nelson received 241 votes, putting him 138 votes above Schreckengost and 115 above Schneekloth.

“I’m excited about starting to work on some streets,” Nelson said of his re-election. “I’m really pleased with the voter turnout. When I decided to run again, I decided not to put a lot of money in it.”

Nelson didn’t print any campaign signs.

While Schreckengost and Schneekloth’s names were posted throughout  Duncan on yard signs, Nelson maintained a low profile until the last few weeks when he bought ads in The Duncan Banner.

Schneekloth said he had a good time running for office, but is happy with the candidate who won.

“First, I’m discouraged I didn’t win,” Schneekloth said. “But I think we’ve got a guy who’s going to do a really good job, Dr. Mike Nelson. I said if I won, I was going to dedicate myself and be a full-time councilman. Maybe now, I can really retire.”

He said he intends to attend Duncan City Council meetings and won’t hesitate to speak his voice. He said he will do what he can for his community to improve the quality of life for Duncan residents.

“My job is not over,” said Schneekloth, 70, a retired manufacturing plant manager. “It’s been an exciting adventure, a fantastic experience.”

Schreckengost, 42,  said the campaign trail introduced him to people throughout the community, and he said he is walking away from the experience with more friends. Like Schneekloth, Schreckengost plans to stay involved in the city.

“It was a good experience,” Schreckengost said. “I got a lot of good support. It was a great example for my kids.”

He said he thinks Nelson’s hometown ties to the community tipped the election in his favor. Schreckengost, a native of New York state who is a district manager for Enterprise Rent-A-Car,  has lived in Duncan seven years.

For Nelson, being re-elected  means he can see several projects to fruition,  including the installation of a splash pad at Douglass Pool, the Heritage Trails walking trail project and improvements to Duncan’s streets.

“It’s an exciting time to live in Duncan,” he said.

He expressed gratitude to Schneekloth and Schreckengost for raising awareness about local government by running for office. He said more people should be involved in city government, and he was glad two chose to run against him.

Nelson’s term will keep him in office another three years. And by not passing out campaign signs, Nelson said he saved himself an unpleasant chore.

“I do not have to clean up campaign signs,”  he said.

Text Only
Local News
  • City Council Water rationing specter suddenly produces a crowd

    The Duncan Council met again on Tuesday, as it does twice a month, but there was something different about the latest gathering -- there were more than a handful of people in the audience.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Main Street Duncan receives praise, funding

    Civic leaders on Tuesday endorsed the role of Main Street Duncan in improving the city and urged the council to approve the annual $20,000 contribution it makes to the nonprofit organization.

    July 23, 2014

  • Marlow city council opens fourth firefighter position

    Jason McPherson, Marlow city administrator, announced Tuesday evening that the potential task force for the Marlow fire department did not come together as planned.

    July 23, 2014

  • Stephens County unemployment below the state average

    Oklahoma experienced one of the largest increases in employment in the country for the month of June. The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent, the lowest it has been in almost six years.

    July 23, 2014

  • Community Intervention Center faces budget cuts, layoffs

    While the Duncan Community Intervention Center faces a $126,476 budget reduction next year, it is only part of a $4,977,079 budget reduction by the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs.

    July 23, 2014

  • Library Teen Volunteers Library shows appreciation for teen volunteers

    To show her appreciation for her summer help, Duncan children’s librarian Darbie LaFontain headed a thank you party for the teen volunteers.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • School supplies to be given to Velma children

    Velma children may receive free school supplies thanks to the Velma Volunteer Fire Department and the Velma EMS.

    July 23, 2014

  • 7-22 mainstreet.jpg Most Main Street Duncan members haven’t paid dues

    The new executive director of Main Street Duncan has her work cut out for her.
    The nonprofit organization, designed to pump life into Duncan’s historic down, has collected only 40 percent of the dues it is owed for the past year, according to records.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-22 CTHC Drawing Class2 0288.jpg Phillips leads creative process through Heritage Center art class

    Brenda Phillips took her art knowledge and applied it to two groups Monday.
    Phillips, an art teacher at Duncan High School, led a drawing class Monday at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, teaching two groups, youths and adults, the basics of drawing. Phillips will continue the two-day class today.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-22 Douglass Pool2 0295.jpg Douglass Pool splash pad work underway

    Douglass Pool may be only about a month away from becoming a splash pad.
    On Monday, City of Duncan workers began breaking up the concrete making up the pool deck. Dana Stanley, parks and cemetery superintendent for the city, said he hopes the slash pad project will be completed by the end of August to allow it to be used before the season comes to an end.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos