Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett will not seek re-election

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett will not seek re-election next year.

“I still love the job as much as I ever have,” Mayor Cornett said from City Hall on Wednesday morning. “And that makes it a difficult decision. I look forward to this final year in office knowing we have several more milestones to reach.”

Cornett has served as Oklahoma City’s mayor since 2004, making him Oklahoma City’s longest serving mayor.

During that time, Cornett lobbied to bring the Oklahoma City Thunder to town.

He also oversaw the passage of MAPS 3 and unprecedented improvements to downtown.

He has been honored by various organizations and publications as the top mayor in Oklahoma and the United States – and an international panel selected Mayor Cornett as the second-best mayor in the world.

Newsweek magazine called him one of the “five most innovative mayors in the United States.”

Governing magazine named him national “Public Official of the Year.”

Politico placed him on the publication’s Politico 50 list of “thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2015.”

Currently, he serves as President of the United States Conference of Mayors.

Before becoming Oklahoma City’s mayor, Cornett spent 20 years as a television news and sports anchor.

He then served three years on the City Council before announcing his candidacy for Mayor in November 2003

He is scheduled to leave office in April 2018.

The next Oklahoma City mayoral election starts with a primary on Feb. 13, 2018.

If a candidate receives a majority of votes in the primary, he or she is elected to office.

If no candidate wins a majority, the two candidates with the most votes will advance to a runoff in a general election on April 3, 2018.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.