Norman mayor wins with 'positive campaign'

Cindy Rosenthal, 62, garnered 5,898 votes, or 54.2 percent of the vote, to win her third term as Norman's mayor.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: April 2, 2013 at 11:54 pm •  Published: April 2, 2013
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A jubilant Rosenthal said she ran a positive campaign “that stuck to the issues and our vision for Norman's future.

“The citizens of Norman confirmed their commitment to a comprehensive water solution, increased citizen input and a great quality of life in Norman.”

Rosenthal said her positive campaigning “won out over the cynicism and political attacks that so often pervade our elections.”

Hotel/motel tax wins

Final balloting for a proposition that the city's hotel/motel tax be increased by 1 percent, from 4 to 5 percent, showed 8,397 “yes” votes, compared to 2,462 “no” votes.

Stephen Koranda, executive director of Norman's Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the increased hotel/motel room tax will boost economic development and pay for “quality of life” enhancements for residents.

Fifty percent of the hotel/motel room tax goes to the convention and tourism bureau, with 25 percent going to the Norman Arts Council and another 25 percent going to the city's Parks and Recreation Department.

“More money for tourism promotion means more people coming to Norman and spending money that builds our sales tax base,” Koranda said.

“Additional revenue into the tax base means more money for the city to pay for municipal services like law enforcement, firefighters and street maintenance.”

All results are unofficial until certified by the county election board.

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by Jane Glenn Cannon
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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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