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Mick Cornett files for fourth term as Oklahoma City mayor; Ed Shadid files to challenge him

Oklahoma City Mick Cornett is seeking re-election on March 4.
by William Crum Modified: January 29, 2014 at 10:26 pm •  Published: January 30, 2014

Game on.

A race for mayor that's been shaping up for 10 months became official Wednesday when Mayor Mick Cornett filed for re-election and Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid filed to challenge him.

A third candidate, Phil Hughes, of northwest Oklahoma City, also filed a declaration of candidacy with the Oklahoma County Election Board. Filing continues through 5 p.m. Friday.

The post is nonpartisan and pays $24,000 per year. The mayor serves a four-year term.

Cornett arrived at the election board on N Lincoln Boulevard shortly after 8 a.m., joined by his campaign manager, state Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City. Shadid filed shortly after 4 p.m., accompanied by his three children and ex-wife, Dina Hammam.

Cornett said he planned a campaign centered on the strength of a 900-member neighborhood “steering committee.” With five weeks to go before votes are counted, Cornett's campaign announced plans for volunteer work days each Saturday until the March 4 election.

Shadid called for debates, saying Oklahoma City residents deserve “a thorough discussion of the issues facing all of our neighborhoods” before casting their ballots. Holt said by text message that the mayor was “still planning to look at that after filing.”

If he's re-elected, Cornett, 55, would become the city's first four-term mayor. Cornett was elected to a two-year term in 2004, and re-elected in 2006 and 2010.

Born in Oklahoma City, he is a graduate of Putnam City High School and the University of Oklahoma. Cornett had a career in local television sports and news before being elected to the city council in 2001. He has a video production business.

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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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