NORMAN — Zac Abbott, Rhett Michael Jones and Greg Jungman are vying for the Ward 4 city council seat being vacated by Carol Dillingham.
The election will be Tuesday, with absentee voting open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Monday at the Cleveland County Election Board, 641 E Robinson St.
Abbott, 33, says quality-of-life issues, improving infrastructure and finding long-term water solutions for Norman are among his priorities.
“I'm for responsible and smart growth that considers the effects of development on neighborhoods and residents,” he said.
Abbott said he believes in supporting small businesses and preserving the integrity of neighborhoods.
“When situations arise that have the neighborhoods in direct conflict with the business community, we must find balanced solutions that produce good results and quality growth,” he said.
A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Abbott works for the Chickasaw Nation. He and his wife, Casidy, live in the Miller Historic District.
Jones, 36, is an accountant who lives and works in downtown Norman. If elected, he said, he would work to preserve the quality and character of downtown and push for more parking.
“I like seeing the economic development that is going on downtown, but right now there are parking problems for the businesses as well as the residents who live there,” he said.
Improving the quality of Norman's drinking water and finding long-term water solutions for the city are top priorities, Jones said.
He also favors a proposed bond election that would fund infrastructure improvements and correct flooding problems on W Lindsey Street.
“It's not going to get any cheaper to fund these improvements. I'm in favor of getting them done now,” he said.
Jungman, 35, is the Oklahoma director of affordable housing for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In that position, he said, he oversees a $250 million annual budget that serves more than 35,000 families.
“I believe that gives me a key advantage. It has provided me with great experience,” he said.
Building strong and safe neighborhoods is a top priority, he said.
If elected, he said, he would commit to holding two ward meetings a year to hear and respond to residents' concerns.
Finding long-term water solutions and protecting Norman's water supply are the No. 1 issues facing the council, he said.
“Norman is a great community, and I want to work to make it even better,” Jungman said.