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Three candidates seek mayor's post in Norman

Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal is challenged by Tom Sherman and David Kempf. The election is April 2.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: March 23, 2013
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Cindy Rosenthal

Rosenthal said the city weathered bad economic times under her leadership “better than most.”

“While other cities were cutting services, laying off employees and going into debt, Norman passed a balanced budget, suffered no layoffs, kept the highest bond rating and started the first-ever Rainy Day Fund to address emergencies,” she said.

Norman is an example to other cities in the region, Rosenthal said, “in its community policing policies, its economic growth and its progressive city management.”

Under her leadership, she said, “I have involved more citizens than ever to help address our long-term issues and ensure our future services.”

Another view

Kempf is running on a platform of protecting personal liberties and property rights.

“I want to take residential rezoning changes out of the hands of the city government, and amend the city charter to require a super majority of affected neighborhood residents to approve a zoning change,” he said.

If elected, Kempf said, he would focus on the essential services the city is contracted to supply. He wants to improve streets, water supply, sewage treatment and trash pickup, as well as remove an excessive number of speed bumps in the city.

“I'd like to become business and developer friendly at every level of government, and make Norman hospitable to every business, especially the ones already here,” he said.

Top priority

Each candidate was asked what he or she considered the most important issue facing Norman:

Rosenthal: “My top priority is a comprehensive solution to our water issues. I am fully engaged in helping our community ensure safe, clean and adequate water supplies for residents now and in the future.”

Sherman: “Water has got to be the No. 1 issue, both the immediate problem we are facing with the drought, and a long-term solution to the city's water needs.”

Kempf: “I seek to defend the inalienable right of every individual to exercise and enjoy the freedom and liberty that has been graciously bestowed upon him or her, not by any other man or by government, but by the Creator.”

by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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