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Norman City Council candidates to face off April 2

Here's a look at the candidates for Norman's Ward 1, 5 and 7 seats, who will appear on an April 2 ballot.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: March 26, 2013
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Spaulding also thinks the city should commit to becoming more business-friendly, which would help grow its tax base. He is concerned about finding solutions to Norman's water supply problems.

Miller said she would like to be a strong voice for residents on the east side. She advocates expanded library services, economic development and more recycling options.

“I am passionate about public service, and I have the time to do this. I love Norman and want to make it a better place,” she said.

Miller said she is concerned about Norman's water supply and the safety of motorists traveling on State Highway 9.

Ward 7

Incumbent Linda Lockett, 74, a retired small-business owner, is seeking a second term. Opposing her is Stephen Tyler Holman, 28, who works for Astronomics.

If re-elected, Lockett said, she wants the city to designate an emergency evacuation route for east-side residents. Last year's wildfires pointed out the need for more emergency preparedness, she said.

Lockett says she is proud of two transportation projects she pushed for in Ward 7. The Cedar Lane Road construction project will begin this year, and the 12th Avenue SE construction project will start after the Cedar Lane project is complete, she said.

She is past president of the Norman Business Association, a past member of the board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce and a member of Friends of the Library.

Holman says he appreciates Lockett's service but thinks it is time for a change. He advocates for open government and more people becoming involved.

“I will always have my door open if elected. I want to get as many people involved as possible and work to make Norman a better place,” he said.

Ward 7 is a complex ward that includes the University of Oklahoma campus, fraternities, sororities, apartment complexes and residential neighborhoods south of SH9, Holman said. He wants to represent all of Ward 7 and work with residents to solve problems as they arise, he said.

by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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