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OKC mayor Mick Cornett seeks re-election but faces tough contest


OKLAHOMA CITY — The race for Oklahoma City mayor is heating up. Incumbent Mayor Mick Cornett officially declared he’s seeking re-election.

The mayor says his record of helping lead Oklahoma City’s renaissance speaks for itself.

He lobbied to bring the Thunder to town. He oversaw the passage of MAPS 3 and unprecedented improvements to downtown.

Dr. Ed Shadid it challenging the three-term mayor in the 2014 race.

“I want our city’s journey to continue,” said Cornett. “Let’s keep building our city.”

Cornett’s campaign slogan is that the work isn’t done.

“Things are going good, but there’s a lot of challenges and it’s enough to keep me inspired going forward,” said Cornett.

“We’ll run a campaign emphasizing honesty, transparency and neighborhood interests over special interests,” said mayoral candidate Ed Shadid.

Councilman and mayoral candidate Ed Shadid says improving city streets, fixing sidewalks that go nowhere and increasing the police force will be cornerstones of his campaign.

“The people of Oklahoma City need a mayor who’s more inclusive and not beholden to special interests,” said Shadid.

Political science professor Richard Johnson says despite the mayor’s advantage in name recognition, re-election won’t be easy.

“I would expect the mayor to have the toughest race he’s had,” said Johnson.

For his part, the mayor agrees that simple issues like streets and sidewalks will be key going forward.

“Life is only as good as your own neighborhood,” said Cornett. “I think people are aware we’re adding police, building stronger neighborhoods with one of the strongest economies in the country.”

So far Cornett and Shadid are the only two candidates who’ve filed for the office. Election day is March of next year.

Cornett has served as mayor since 2004. According to his website, Cornett was re-elected in 2006 with 87 percent of the vote, the highest percentage by any mayoral candidate in Oklahoma City history.