EDMOND — Mayor Charles Lamb and city council members Nick Massey and Darrell Davishave announced they will run for office during city elections March 5 and April 2.
Neither of the men ran for the positions they now hold, as they were appointed by other council members.
Lamb has been on the council 16 years. He served as Ward 3 councilman before being named mayor after Mayor Patrice Douglas resigned on Oct. 9, 2011, to become an Oklahoma corporation commissioner.
Davis was appointed to the Ward 3 council post to replace Lamb.
Massey was appointed to the Ward 4 council seat after longtime Councilman David Miller resigned.
Filing for the municipal elections is Feb. 4-6.
The primary election is March 5 and the general election is April 2.
Mayor Charles Lamb
Lamb, the council member with the most experience, will make his first bid for the city's top elected job.
He ran unopposed in 2005 and 2009 for Ward 3, after winning four-year terms in 1993 and 2001. He also ran for the job in 1989 and 1997 but was not elected.
Lamb had planned to retire from public life at the end of his term in May, but said he wanted to see the $22 million competitive swimming pool and recreation center and new public safety center completed before he leaves office.
“I thought they were worth sticking around for,” Lamb said.
A third project, the public-private partnership to build a conference center and the city's $11 million investment in developments at Covell Road and Interstate 35, also enticed the mayor to stay around for two more years.
“My wife, Cheri, and I went back and forth,” Lamb said. “In the end, it seemed like the right thing to do.”
Lamb said he believes his experience in city government is a plus for the council.
Ward 3 Councilman Darrell Davis