Oklahoma City Councilman Ed Shadid announced Monday that he will run for mayor in 2014, setting up a potential battle with three-term incumbent Mayor Mick Cornett.
Cornett, elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2006 and 2010, has said he will decide whether to seek a fourth term later this summer. He's proved to be a popular candidate, winning with 87 percent of the vote in 2006 and 58 percent in 2010.
Shadid said in a video that he planned a “campaign emphasizing honesty, transparency, unprecedented public participation and neighborhood interests over special interests.”
Shadid announced his plans far in advance of the campaign season — candidates will file for mayor at the end of January, and the primary will be in early March.
Shadid is in his first term on the council. He has funded and hosted a series of town hall meetings that have drawn large crowds, including a transportation forum in February attended by about 500 people at Farmers Public Market near downtown.
That's where Shadid plans to kick off his campaign, with a rally Aug. 15. He began soliciting volunteers and donations Monday morning at his website, www.edshadid.com.
Shadid, a physician, sent out a memo in March indicating he planned to run. He sought proposals from consultants in specialties including polling and voter turnout.