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Councilman Ed Shadid plans 2014 race for Oklahoma City mayor

First-term Oklahoma City Council member Ed Shadid is seeking bids from specialists in media, direct mail, polling and other campaign needs as he builds a team for a campaign to become the city's mayor.
by William Crum Published: March 28, 2013

Shadid has been at his clinic, Spine Care of Oklahoma, since 2002.

He won a runoff over bank officer Charlie Swinton in April 2011 for the Ward 2 seat. After finishing second in a six-way primary, Shadid won the runoff with 62 percent of the vote.

Shadid said on election night that his victory was a grassroots effort “with dozens and dozens and dozens of people working people to people and neighborhood to neighborhood.”

Records showed Shadid put at least $65,000 of his own money into the race. Swinton benefited from spending by an independent group, the Committee for Oklahoma City Momentum. Leading up to the election, that group spent $400,000 to support Swinton and three other candidates.

Shadid has sponsored well attended town hall meetings on the downtown boulevard project, public health, urban sprawl and, most recently, transportation.

About 500 people attended the transportation forum last month at Farmers Public Market near downtown. In his remarks, Shadid questioned the wisdom of building a proposed downtown streetcar system.

This week, a post on his Ed Shadid for City Council — 2011 Facebook page said hotel issues are the “most pressing” of several obstacles to development of a new downtown convention center.

The post says there has been no market analysis “to indicate what such a convention center hotel would likely cost in the form of taxpayer subsidies.”

His Twitter feed over the past two weeks has reflected his strong interests in walkable communities, public health and wellness, and urban planning.

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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