Oklahoma City Council candidates present positions at Chesapeake forum

Chesapeake Energy Corp. representatives invited all 13 candidates for four Oklahoma City Council seats to a forum. Only four candidates failed to show.
BY MICHAEL BAKER mbaker@opubco.com Published: February 19, 2011

Jeffrey Stark, 39, a union representative, said jobs for MAPS 3 projects should be filled by local companies using workers from Oklahoma City.

He also said it was unacceptable not to have more police officers for a city as big as Oklahoma City.

John Milner, the youngest Ward 2 candidate and a business owner, joked he was the only one wearing sneakers on the stage.

Milner, 26, spoke about starting businesses, creating neighborhood master plans and how his generation would be the caretakers of MAPS 3 programs when they are finished 10 to 15 years from now.

Ward 5

Greenwell, 56, an accountant, spoke about keeping businesses in Oklahoma City and running city government as if private business and the residents are customers.

Incumbent Walters, 34, who runs a family business, said he was proud of his service on the city council and wants to remain an independent voice in city government.

He talked about his broad support from labor unions, as well as conservative groups.

Ward 6

Salyer, 55, a business owner, said she is exhilarated by the direction Oklahoma City is taking and wants to continue to make job creation her top priority. Creating jobs will allow the city to create revenue to provide for more services, she said.

Ward 8

Ryan, 72, a retired utility executive, emphasized that even though each ward is different, they are all part of Oklahoma City. Ryan said he wants to continue to work on creating an environment and opportunity for the private sector to create jobs.

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