Enid, Oklahoma voters boot city council member with white nationalist ties

Enid, OK — Voters in the northwest Oklahoma town of Enid ousted a city council member with ties to white nationalism, according to unofficial results posted Tuesday on the Board of Elections website from Oklahoma.

With all four precincts located in Enid’s Ward 1, results show voters chose to recall 42-year-old Judd Blevins. They instead chose Cheryl Patterson, a grandmother and longtime youth leader at an area church, to fill the seat.

Blevins, an Iraq War veteran, was narrowly elected to this seat last year despite his ties to white nationalist groups.

Enid, Oklahoma. City Council Member Judd Blevins during a community forum on March 26, 2024.

AP Photo/Sean Murphy

Blevins admitted at a community forum last week that he had marched the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginiain 2017. He also admitted to being linked to the now-defunct white supremacist group Identity Evropa.

When asked at the forum to explain his involvement in the rally and its ties to Identity Evropa, he responded: “Drawing attention to the same issues that got Donald Trump elected in 2016: securing America’s borders, reforming our legal immigration system and, quite frankly. , pushing back against this anti-white hatred so common in media entertainment. »

The recall effort in Oklahoma was launched by two longtime Enid residents, best friends Connie Vickers and Nancy Presnall, both Democrats, in a county where Republicans have a nearly 4-to-1 advantage in matters voter registration.

CBS Oklahoma City affiliate KWTV reports that in a statement about the results, Blevins said, “I want to first express my gratitude to my constituents, volunteers, donors and everyone who prayed for me and supported me supported. leftists and moderates, a widespread media blitz from local, state and national media, and scare tactics about the future of Vance AFB, unfounded in any truth or reality, but shamefully endorsed by the establishment, to remove a true conservative from office. So be it. This was an ordeal not only for me, but for many members of this community. And many showed who they really served. I fought the good fight. I finished the race. I kept the faith.


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