The Oklahoma City Council Ward 2 election contest Tuesday is between physician Ed Shadid and Charlie Swinton, a senior bank officer. The Oklahoman asked both candidates questions. Their written answers, presented in the order the candidates will appear on the ballot, are given below.
Ed Shadid, 42
What do you think about MAPS 3 projects?
Despite my opponent's dishonesty, I have consistently advocated for the full implementation of all MAPS 3 projects, on budget and on time, with maximum public deliberation and transparency. In over 25 public meetings and multiple forums, hundreds of voters, and my opponent, have heard my unwavering support for MAPS 3. MAPS 3 represents a bond with the voters and moving away from what was promised to the voters threatens the legitimacy of future referendums.
The city council needs to play a collaborative role in improving our public education system. Improvement of our schools requires a joint effort between the council, school board, parents, teachers and community leaders. The $700 million MAPS for KIDS program must focus on what's best for our children. Frequent communication between city and neighborhood leaders is paramount in maximizing gain from the program.
My family has lived in Oklahoma City neighborhoods for more than 100 years and I care deeply about our city. Business interests are well represented on the council; placing a physician on the council provides diversity and a knowledge base that allows an improved ability to address our city's most important issues. If elected, I would be the only member of the council to have declined all money from special interests allowing me to remain fiercely independent so that I am able to prioritize neighborhood interests over special interests.