Ed Shadid will run for mayor of Oklahoma City

First-term Oklahoma City Councilman Ed Shadid is prepared to take on popular Mayor Mick Cornett, if Cornett decides to seek a fourth term.
by William Crum Published: June 25, 2013

The memo said he expected to spend $750,000 to $1.5 million on the campaign.

While Shadid is ready to challenge Cornett, Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan said he would not.

Maughan said supporters had asked him to consider running.

“I will not challenge Mick Cornett,” Maughan said. “He's been a longtime friend.”

Ward 4 Councilman Pete White said he thought Shadid would make a good mayor, but “it's a little premature to make an endorsement of anyone at this point, because I think Mick's done a good job.”

Georgie Rasco, executive director of the Neighborhood Alliance, said Shadid “came out early and came out strong” in support of neighborhoods.

Despite initiatives such as new sidewalks aimed at improving quality of life, neighborhood leaders feel shortchanged in the building projects funded by the MAPS sales tax, she said.

“It still feels like a drop in the bucket compared to what we do for big business and downtown,” Rasco said.

Still, Rasco said, Cornett has been “an excellent mayor” and is seen as a neighborhood advocate. Choosing between Shadid and Cornett, she said, would be “a tough vote.”

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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