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Oklahoma City Mayor Cornett joins other mayors on Denver panel on eve of presidential debate

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett will participate in a panel discussion Tuesday in Denver that seeks to highlight the economic future of America's cities on the eve of the first presidential debate.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Modified: September 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm •  Published: September 29, 2012
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“We have long believed that the federal dollars that are going to be distributed around the country should go through metro areas, and not through state governments, where typically it won't filter down to cities. We're not satisfied with the current funding streams,” Cornett said. “The amounts are not what I'm concerned about. But the distribution method is critical.”

The panel is nonpartisan. The focus will not be on the merits of either candidate, but on what policies they could implement that would most benefit American cities.

“City government doesn't need to be partisan,” Cornett said. “And from that respect, we've got to hear from both candidates on these issues.”

Others on the panel are Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock; Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson; Mesa, Ariz., Mayor Scott Smith; and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.