NORMAN — Residents will go to the polls April 2 to elect representatives in Wards 1, 5 and 7. Roger Gallagher faces Greg Heiple in Ward 1. Dave Spaulding is running against Lynne Miller in Ward 5. Linda Lockett and Stephen Tyler Holman will compete for the Ward 7 seat.
Ward 3 representative Robert Castleberry, 48, will assume that seat unopposed, although ballots will indicate a race between him and Benjamin Joe Carter. Carter has withdrawn from the race and is ineligible to serve because he moved outside the ward.
Here's a look at the candidates in the other three wards:
Incumbent Roger Gallagher, 72, a retired airline pilot, is seeking a second term. He is challenged by Greg Heiple, 48, a small-business owner.
Gallagher says he has no hidden agendas and owes no favors to anyone. “I have no pet projects but what would help the city achieve a quality of life,” he said.
Gallagher said he helped get a bond issue passed to build a new animal welfare center and is now on an oversight committee to make sure the project does not go over budget. If re-elected, Gallagher said, he will continue to operate “on a sensible, citywide course of what's good for the city.”
He's for open, transparent government and fiscal responsibility, he said.
Heiple says he wants “to put the front porch back on city government and our community. I want to bring fresh ideas and positive solutions to the city council, while serving the needs of Ward 1.”
A lifelong resident of Norman, Heiple said he understands the importance of Norman's “authentic mix of culture, diversity and history, while maintaining a vibrant business community.”
He's for economic development and efforts to manage and protect the city's natural resources, he said.
Dave Spaulding, 38, is a small-business owner seeking his second term in office. He is opposed by Lynne Miller, 67, a retired educator.
Spaulding says he generally advocates for less government intervention, although he supports continuation of the public safety sales tax.
“I got to do a ride-along last summer with public safety officers when there was an outbreak of wildfires and it gave me a new appreciation of the challenges these officers face each day,” he said.