O’Connor: Your vote has a big impact on local elections

February 8, 2017

by Cathy O'Connor, via The Journal Record:

Two important elections are coming up for Oklahoma City residents on Valentine’s Day.

On Feb. 14, voters will select three school board members and four City Council members. The results will designate leaders who make decisions on our behalf for the next four years. Voter turnout on local elections is typically miserably low, which means those who do vote have incredible influence.

Three of the eight seats on the Oklahoma City Public Schools board are up for election, including chairperson and two representatives. Meeting the needs of our diverse students and retaining quality teachers in Oklahoma are some of the challenges facing our schools. These volunteer leaders are key to how our schools are operated and funded.

Up for City Council elections are Wards 1, 3, 4 and 7. Four candidates are running in Ward 4 to succeed Pete White, who is retiring. White has served 19 years as an Oklahoma City Council member and is the longest-serving member of the current council. He has served as chairman of the Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust for 15 years, providing leadership that helped modernize and upgrade the city’s water and sewer systems. He also played an integral role in the recent settlement over water rights in southeast Oklahoma. This settlement will help to ensure Oklahoma City has adequate water resources for generations to come.

Read full article in The Journal Record