NORMAN — As a sixth-grader at Irving Middle School, Stephen Tyler Holman watched Norman City Council meetings on television.
Although he was intrigued by them, it didn't occur to him to go to a meeting in person until he was in high school and a political science teacher made it a requirement. After one meeting he was hooked and began attending regularly.
Two years ago, Holman's love of city government prompted him to run for city council. Defeated, he tried again this year. Tuesday, he was sworn in as the Ward 7 council representative. At 28, he is the youngest member of the council.
Also sworn in Tuesday to two-year terms were Greg Heiple, 48, Ward 1; Robert Castleberry, 48, Ward 3; and Lynne Miller, 67, Ward 5. Mayor Cindy Rosenthal took the oath of office for a third three-year term.
“I never thought I would be sitting up here,” Holman said. “I want to give a big thank-you to anyone who ever supported me.”
Holman replaces Linda Lockett, 74, who defeated Holman in 2011 when he made his first bid for a council seat. The two, who live just a block apart, embraced as Lockett relinquished her seat to him after the oath-taking ceremony.