Gene Autry mayor not seeking re-election

GENE AUTRY, Okla. (KXII) -- The mayor of Gene Autry has said he will not be running again in December's special election.

Kyle Lawson has been mayor in Gene Autry for three years, taking over after the former embezzled thousands of dollars from the town.

Lawson said this has nothing to do with a feud between himself and a council member.

That council member claims Lawson was illegally paying himself to be mayor. Lawson said the payments are legal.

He said he's not seeking re-election because he's taking a board position with an organization that helps drug addicts recover.

"Any good leader has to know when they're taking on too much, and at this time if I don't give up something, one of the aspects that I serve in my life will be neglected and I want to make sure that I'm able to focus fully on my obligations with Restoring Lives," Mayor Kyle Lawson said.

The special election will be town hall style, taking place December 5 at 6 p.m. Two town trustees and now a mayor will be elected.