Abbitt said she questions whether the government should pick and choose which businesses to help out in a partnership.
Massey, a former vice chairman of the Edmond Economic Development Authority, is a supporter of the hotel-conference center because he thinks it is good for the city's economic development.
Massey played a key role in the city recently passing a policy for incentives for retail owners who open a business in Edmond, or for local businesses that expand.
Abbitt and her husband, Wyatt, moved to Edmond in 2001 for her job with Devon. They have two sons. This is her first campaign for public office.
“I really like Edmond and wanted to give back to the community,” Abbitt said. “I thought about it off and on, and this was the right timing. Edmond is a wonderful place and I want to make a contribution.”
Massey, 65, will be running his first campaign. The president of a financial planning company, he said his background in business, finances and economic development is beneficial to the council.
“I hope the makeup of the council stays in place,” Massey said. “I think we all bring our own individual strengths. As a team, we bring a lot to the table.”