It’s that time again: election season! City Council and Mayoral races are right around the corner on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, and this general election is one that all Edmond residents are eligible to vote in. As election day gets closer, the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce encourages you to get involved. The Edmond Chamber takes an active role in local government, and this election is no exception. We are committed to encouraging the Edmond community to get out and use their voices by connecting community members with election information. On March 2, 2023, the Chamber held a City/Council Mayoral Candidate Forum to maximize opportunities for interaction with this year’s election candidates. Here is a rundown of the City Council and Mayoral race details and candidate information.
First off, who is on the ballot? We have two candidates for Mayor, two candidates for Ward 1 City Council, and two candidates for Ward 2 City Council, which will make up City Council’s five-member body:
- For Mayor, we have Darrell Davis and Brian Shellem.
- For Ward 1 City Council, we have Tom Robins and Ashley Bradley.
- For Ward 2 City Council, we have Barry Moore and Judy Rau.
Second, what do you need to know about these candidates? At the Edmond Chamber’s City Council/Mayoral Candidate Forum, each candidate answered a series of questions along with giving their opening and closing statements. Answers to these questions can be found here. A few questions asked were:
- If elected to City Council/Mayor, what will be your top priorities?
- Do you support the newly adopted East Edmond plan? If not, how would you propose for it to be amended? If yes, please highlight the pieces of the plan that you favor.
- Given the gap in funds available for reading projects, what is your view on the best solutions for the increased traffic areas that are part of the future growth of Edmond?
Finally, how can you get involved?
- Make sure you are registered, updated, and eligible to vote.
- Order an absentee ballot or find your polling location to vote in person through the OK Voter Portal.
- Do some research on candidates to find out for yourself whom you want to represent you.
Election day is fast approaching, and everyone’s voice matters. As we prepare for the coming of spring and election season, the Edmond Chamber is focused on being the voice for business and your advocate for legislative issues. We want to help you get engaged, so reach out for any upcoming opportunities and resources. The Edmond Chamber encourages you to get involved now, and on Tuesday, April 4th, we encourage you to get out and vote!