ADA — Unlike some previous Ada city council elections, this year’s has drawn relatively little fanfare. Seats currently held by Frank Stout and Barbara Young are potentially up for grabs but Stout is running unopposed and Dr. Joe Braly, who filed against Young, has apparently dropped out.

Braly, president of Tri-County Indian Nations Community Development Corporation (TINCDC), ran a notice in Friday’s Ada Evening News classified section alluding to a possible conflict of interest that said, “I am ceasing my campaigning of that position” at the direction of TINCDC’s board of directors.

Contacted Friday, Braly said he had no further comment. Kevin Flowers, TINCDC chairman, said, “As the name implies, Tri-County represents a three county area. Our board did not think it was in the best interest of our combined counties to have its chief representative giving the appearance of narrowing his focus to a single city in one of those counties. Even if it didn’t happen in fact, our concern was the possibility it would be perceived that way.”

Young said Braly’s ceasing campaigning does not mean people should stay home on election day. “It is extremely important for people to understand the election has to be completed and to vote Tuesday,” she said. “Once an election process begins and you pass the date of withdrawal, the election goes on regardless.” Even though he is no longer campaigning, Braly’s name will still appear on the ballot.

Young said unlike some communities, Ada residents are not restricted by ward boundaries when it comes to voting in city council elections. “Every registered voter residing in the city limits of Ada is eligible to vote in this election,” she said.

Stout was appointed to fill a vacancy upon the death of Councilman Bill Stittsworth in December 2004.

TINCDC is a corporation formed to promote economic, community and industrial development and jobs in Coal, Pontotoc and Johnston counties.

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