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4/3/2013 7:46:00 PM
Weaver retains seat; Noble unseats Pina
By Michelle Charles Journal Staff Writer


The Stillwater City Council will have one returning member and one new member when it meets on April 15.

Incumbent Joe Weaver held on for a second term while 2012 appointee Philip Pina lost his bid to win a full term to challenger Gina Noble.

Weaver said he's grateful for the chance to continue serving on the City Council.

"I'll just continue doing what I'm doing," he said. "I'm flattered they reelected me."

LeFebvre couldn't be reached for comment on election night.



Seat No. 1

• Joseph B. Weaver Jr. - 1,193 (78.4%)

• Micah LeFebvre - 328 (21.6%)



Seat No. 2

• Philip A. Pina - 557 (56.7%)

• Gina J. Noble - 962 (63.3%)

All election returns reported are considered unofficial until certified by the election board. Results should be certified by Friday, April 5.

Noble is a professor in the Oklahoma State University School of Media and Strategic Communications. During the campaign she cited an ability to make tough decisions, a commitment to fairness above all else and her knowledge of communications as qualities that would help her serve the citizens of Stillwater.

"I'm proud that I get to serve as a city councilor," she said. "I'm overwhelmingly proud to have this opportunity."

She said she wanted to thank the voters and everyone who helped her campaign for their support, especially her son and Kevin Fowler who served as her Treasurer and unofficial campaign manager.

Noble will be sworn in at a special City Council meeting on Monday, April 8 at 5:30. A reception will precede the meeting.

Pina said he was disappointed with the election result but he remains proud of his service on the City Council.

"I'm upbeat in the sense that I learned a lot in a short period of time," he said. "That's something I'll never forget and that will serve me well in the future. I can't walk around with my head down."

He said he doesn't plan to give up on public service and he's not discouraged.

"I told myself that if I lost, I'd look for a committee to get on," he said. "So I guess I have to look for a committee.

He didn't rule out a future run for office but said he'd have to see what opportunities become available and what kind of support he has.

"I'm a soldier," he said. "Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. This time I lost the battle. But you don't always lose.

"I can't go around having any sour grapes", he said. "I'm okay."





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