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Three announce plans to run for Edmond City Council

The primary election for mayor and two city council seats is set for March 5. Mayor Charles Lamband council members Nick Massey and Darrell Davis announced they are running.
by Diana Baldwin Published: December 15, 2012
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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.

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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