Ada City Councilman Ben McFarlane won his bid for a third term on the council Tuesday night.

McFarlane cruised to victory with 637 votes, or 61.78 percent of the total, according to unofficial election results from the Oklahoma State Election Board. His opponent, former emergency management coordinator Gene Linton, finished with 394 votes — 38.22 percent of the total.

McFarlane, who represents Ward 2 on the council, was appointed in January 2014 to finish former Councilman Shane Sweeney’s unexpired term. He is currently finishing his second two-year stint on the board.

Mayor Guy Sewell, who was also up for re-election this year, did not draw an opponent. He will keep his seat on the council but did not appear on Tuesday’s ballot.

See Thursday’s edition of The Ada News for the full story.

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Eric Swanson is the City Hall and general assignment reporter for The Ada News. He spent 15 years working at the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, before joining The Ada News’ staff in 2012.