NORMAN — Filing for four city council seats and the mayor's post opens Monday and will continue through Wednesday.
Candidates can file between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily at the Cleveland County Election Board, 641 E Robinson St.
Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said Friday she will seek a third three-year term. Businessman Tom Sherman has announced he will run against her.
Up for election this year are seats in Wards 1, 3, 5 and 7, all two-year terms. The election is April 2.
Incumbents in each of the wards have announced they will seek re-election, and two of the candidates have drawn announcements from opponents.
In Ward 1, Roger Gallagher will seek a second term.
Businessman Greg Heiple has announced he will run against him.
Ward 7 incumbent Linda Lockett said she will seek a second term.
Resident Stephen Tyler Holman, who opposed her first run for the council seat, has said he will vie for the position again. Lockett is a retired small business owner. Holman works for Astronomics.
Ward 3 incumbent Robert Castleberry, an accountant, who was appointed in August when Councilman Hal Ezzell resigned, will seek a full term.
Ward 5 incumbent Dave Spaulding, a small-business owner, has announced his candidacy for a second term. Neither candidate has drawn an official announcement from an opponent.
Rosenthal said she decided to seek a third term because “it's not the time to change direction. There are too many important issues at stake.”
Addressing Norman's water needs is a top priority, she said, as well as maintaining a balanced budget and the city's quality of life.
“Norman has consistently been ranked as one of Oklahoma's most livable cities and ranks third in the United States for affordability,” she said. “We can continue this momentum and build on this success to make sure this city continues to be Oklahoma's best place to live, work and raise a family.”
Sherman is a former banker who now serves as controller for Fowler Holding Co. He is past chairman of the Norman Chamber of Commerce.
“I believe the leadership and vision I can offer will spur the creation of the community we all want for the city we love,” he said. “I would work diligently as the next mayor to bring an agenda of growth and prosperity to our community.”