EDMOND — Candidates for mayor and the Ward 4 city council post are expected to appear at an Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce candidates' forum March 26.
The forum will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the chamber, 825 E Second St.
Mayor Charles Lamb and challenger Richard Prawdzienski will be on the Edmond general election ballot April 2.
Ward 4 City Councilman Nick Massey will face challenger Shilpa Abbitt.
Lamb has been on the city council for 16 years. He has been mayor since November 2011, when he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of former Mayor Patrice Douglas, who resigned to become a state corporation commissioner.
This will be the seventh time Lamb has run for a city council job. He was successful four of those times.
Lamb said he considered retiring from the council but decided he wanted to see projects, such as the new public safety center and the competitive swimming pool and recreation center, finished before he left office.
Prawdzienski has run for state office six times and lost each race, the latest in November against Republican state Sen. Clark Jolley.
Prawdzienski said he decided to run for mayor because he doesn't like decisions being made by the city council. He is upset the way the city is spending its money and raising taxes.
In the Ward 4 race, Massey was appointed to the post a year ago to fill the unexpired term of former Councilman David Miller, who resigned to take a job out of state.
Abbitt, a Devon Energy reservoir engineer, said she decided to run because she has some concerns about the council's long-term goal to become a destination to experience art, entertainment, amateur sporting events and outdoor recreation, as outlined in council's 2012-13 strategic plan.
Abbitt said she questions whether the government should pick and choose which businesses to help out in a partnership.
Massey, former vice chairman of the Edmond Economic Development Authority, is a supporter of the hotel-conference center and the city's $11 million investment because he thinks it is good for the city's economic development.