EDMOND — Charles Lamb told Edmond business leaders Tuesday he plans to run for another term as mayor because he wants to be the city’s leader when the $27.5 million public safety center is completed in the summer of 2015.
Lamb was appointed in 2011 to fill the unexpired term of resigning Mayor Patrice Douglas. In 2013, he was elected to a full two-year term that will end in May 2015.
He first served on the city council in May 1993.
“There has been a lot of blood and sweat over that project,” Lamb said after speaking at the Edmond Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Seeing the completion of the public safety center was the reason Lamb ran for mayor the first time. Another reason for running came from his granddaughter, who wanted to ride with him in the annual holiday parade.
Lamb watches the construction at First Street and Littler Avenue with a close eye. He follows the money for the 70,000-square-foot building closely on paper and with his camera lens.
Followers of the mayor on Facebook see weekly updates with photographs.
The mayor’s family is on board for Lamb to serve another term.
“There is no use in saying, ‘I’m thinking about running,’” said Lamb, an Edmond resident since 1959. “I’m going to run.”
The election will be in April 2015.
The second floor of the massive, downtown building is being poured and the supports for the third floor are being constructed at this time, the mayor said