EDMOND — Mayor Charles Lamb and city council members Nick Massey and Darrell Davishave announced they will run for office during city elections March 5 and April 2.
Neither of the men ran for the positions they now hold, as they were appointed by other council members.
Lamb has been on the council 16 years. He served as Ward 3 councilman before being named mayor after Mayor Patrice Douglas resigned on Oct. 9, 2011, to become an Oklahoma corporation commissioner.
Davis was appointed to the Ward 3 council post to replace Lamb.
Massey was appointed to the Ward 4 council seat after longtime Councilman David Miller resigned.
Filing for the municipal elections is Feb. 4-6.
The primary election is March 5 and the general election is April 2.
Mayor Charles Lamb
Lamb, the council member with the most experience, will make his first bid for the city's top elected job.
He ran unopposed in 2005 and 2009 for Ward 3, after winning four-year terms in 1993 and 2001. He also ran for the job in 1989 and 1997 but was not elected.
Lamb had planned to retire from public life at the end of his term in May, but said he wanted to see the $22 million competitive swimming pool and recreation center and new public safety center completed before he leaves office.
“I thought they were worth sticking around for,” Lamb said.
A third project, the public-private partnership to build a conference center and the city's $11 million investment in developments at Covell Road and Interstate 35, also enticed the mayor to stay around for two more years.
“My wife, Cheri, and I went back and forth,” Lamb said. “In the end, it seemed like the right thing to do.”
Lamb said he believes his experience in city government is a plus for the council.
Ward 3 Councilman Darrell Davis
Davis, who served 15 years on the city's parks and recreation committee, said his decision to run for a full term was relatively easy for him and his family to make.
“We discussed it at Thanksgiving and everyone gave me two thumbs up,” Davis said. “There are still things I want to do. I feel like I can make a difference.”
Davis has lived in Edmond since 1988 and has seen the city grow from 35,000 people to 80,000. He is a supporter of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, Bicycle Master Plan and development of Carl Reherman Park at Arcadia Lake.
“I am always interested in more park land,” Davis said. “I am for using flood plain land and detention areas for recreational purposes.”
Davis also supports the city's involvement in the private-public partnership for a conference center at Covell Road and I-35. The council agreed to spend $11 million for the project to bring economic development to Edmond.
Ward 4 Councilman Nick Massey
Massey, the newest member of the city council, was sworn into office March 12.
A former member of the Edmond Economic Development Authority, he said he was interested in running for mayor or city council before he was appointed.
“I decided I didn't have enough time to devote to being mayor without killing my job,” Massey said.
Massey said he is an advocate for pro-business, pro-growth and pro-development. He said there are downsides, such as more traffic, to a community growing larger, but sales tax revenue is important to provide the amenities people come to Edmond to enjoy.
“We are one of the safest places to live,” Massey said. “A great city takes money to pay for the things that people want. I think we are growing faster than our revenue. In five to 10 years, that is going to start to be a problem.”
Massey thinks Edmond can have both business development and good neighborhoods.
He also is a supporter of the Covell and I-35 development.