Dead mayoral candidate advances to general election in Oklahoma

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Charles Lamb, Mayor Pro Tem and Council Member for the city of Edmond, Okla., answers a question at a news conference in Oklahoma City, Monday, Nov. 29, 2010. Public health advocates joined with the Oklahoma Municipal League to ask state lawmakers for legislation that would allow local governments to adopt tobacco policies that are more […]

A dead candidate for mayor of an Oklahoma City suburb has advanced to the general election after coming in second in a three-way primary.
    
Then-Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb died in December, after filing for the next election cycle. City rules say his name must appear on the April 2 ballot facing former Mayor Dan O’Neil, who received the most votes in Tuesday’s primary .
    
If Lamb wins, the City Council would appoint a mayor for the two-year term.
    
Edmond resident Michelle Schaefer runs a Facebook group supporting Lamb. She referred questions to Councilman Nick Massey, whom she hopes is appointed mayor.
    
Massey said he would have run for mayor had Lamb not sought re-election. The filing period had closed when Lamb died. He said he would be “honored” if appointed but would not campaign for people to vote for Lamb.

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