Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett filed for re-election Wednesday, saying he planned a campaign centered on the strength of a 900-member neighborhood “steering committee.”
Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid, who is challenging the mayor, filed at the Election Board later in the day. He called for debates, saying residents deserve a “thorough discussion of the issues facing all our neighborhoods.”
Each candidate paid a $200 filing fee, refundable if they get at least 15 percent of the vote.
If he’s re-elected, the 55-year-old Cornett would become the city’s first four-term mayor, said city spokeswoman Kristy Yager.
Cornett was elected to a two-year term in 2004, and re-elected in 2006 and 2010.
Shadid, 45, is in his first term on the council.
The election is March 4. If there’s a runoff, it would be April 1.
The filing period continues through Friday.
The mayor earns $24,000 per year.