Mayor Mick Cornett says his convincing victory in Tuesday’s election validates the path Oklahoma City chose with passage of the first MAPS program 20 years ago.
In an interview Wednesday, Cornett said residents recognize the steady improvements brought about by voter-approved Metropolitan Area Projects investments.
“They like the direction the city is headed and they want to see more of it,” said Cornett, who with his victory became the first Oklahoma City mayor to win four terms in office.
Cornett won a broad victory over Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid, capturing 182 of 235 precincts across the city.
Cornett swept suburban precincts in Cleveland and Canadian counties, failing to win just one where nobody voted.
Shadid won 35 precincts.
Cornett and Shadid tied in four precincts, including a 128-128 tie in Precinct 193, which flanks NW 23 Street near Shepherd Mall. No votes were recorded for either candidate in 14 precincts.
Cornett drew 31,495 votes, or 65.7 percent, to 15,739, or 32.8 percent for Shadid. Phil Hughes and Joe B. Sarge Nelson split the other 1.5 percent.
Turnout was about 17 percent, up significantly from Cornett’s last re-election bid in 2010. Cornett more than doubled his vote totals, while Shadid drew 50 percent more than Cornett’s challenger, Steve Hunt, had in 2010. Through Feb. 17, the latest reporting deadline, Cornett and Shadid had together raised more than $1 million for their campaigns.
“It was a contested race and probably the most money ever spent from a campaign perspective, and so I think all of those factors played into it,” Cornett said.
“I think it shows that people are interested,” he said. “People care about the future of the city and this was an opportunity for them to express whether they like the direction the city’s headed or whether they want to change course.”
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