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Oklahoma City mayoral election results validate city's course, Cornett says

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said his convincing victory in Tuesday’s election validates the path Oklahoma City chose with passage of the first MAPS program 20 years ago.
by William Crum Published: March 5, 2014

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Mayor Mick Cornett talks with supporters Tuesday after winning the Oklahoma City mayoral race. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
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Mayor Mick Cornett talks with supporters Tuesday after winning the Oklahoma City mayoral race. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman SARAH PHIPPS -

Cornett said he focused his campaign on reviewing “how we got here,” from the economic doldrums of the 1980s, through passage of MAPS and “the emotional strains” of the 1995 Murrah Building bombing. Then, he tried to communicate the importance of the economy and how a good economy provides for investments in city services, he said.

“I think there’s a disconnect between, ‘Yeah the economy is supposedly really, really good’ and ‘But what does that do for me, how does that affect me and my family in my neighborhood?’” Cornett said.

He said the economy is enabling the city to add to the police force, build new fire stations, and “put more money in streets than we ever have before.”

“I decided in this campaign that was one of the things we needed to make sure people understood,” Cornett said.

“A lot of the things that we all want to happen are not going to happen unless the economy’s good,” he said. “And the fact that the economy is good is something we should all take pride in and try to keep that going as long as we can, ’cause it allows us to take care of a lot of the needs of the city.”

Looking ahead, Cornett said the city must keep its sights squarely on providing the basic services residents expect: police and fire protection, clean drinking water, trash and recycling pickup.

Beyond that, he said, the city has “a large menu of MAPS 3 projects to continue to work on,” including breaking ground on the Oklahoma River whitewater course and State Fair Park’s expo center this year.

And more immediately: “I was out driving the streets today,” Cornett said, “and there’s no question that the ice storms we’ve had recently have taken a toll on our streets. And we have a significant pothole problem coming up in the near future.”

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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