Still, George said, it appeared voters in both sections of the city were ready for change. Concerns about how neighborhoods benefit from the millions in public spending figured into it, he said.
“Everybody has the impression that everything's related to downtown and they just want something different,” George said.
Pettis said Wednesday night that he wants to see MAPS projects progress but, “I would like some of those resources to be put into Ward 7.”
The city needs more police officers — the No. 1 priority of the FOP — and an expanded bus system with evening and Sunday service, Pettis said.
He said he centered his campaign on making sure Ward 7 “gets its fair share.”
The election results should prompt an assessment, said Councilman Ed Shadid.
“I think any time two incumbents lose by such decisive margins, it should be an inducement for some introspection on the part of the council as to the will of the people,” said Shadid, who is in his first term representing north-central Oklahoma City's Ward 2.
Shadid has indicated in a memo to potential consultants his interest in running for mayor in 2014.
Elected leaders would do well to add police officers, finish the MAPS sidewalk program that directly benefits neighborhoods and fix the public transit system, said White, a longtime council member who ran unopposed and will start a new four-year term next week.
“I do think there's a kind of sense of unrest,” White said.