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Three file to run for Oklahoma City mayor

Three candidates will compete next year to become Oklahoma City's next mayor.

Filing for the Feb. 13 primary election ended at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Republican state Sen. David Holt, Democrat Randall Smith and Taylor Neighbors, a registered independent, filed to succeed Mayor Mick Cornett, the city's longest serving mayor.

Holt, 38, is an attorney and former chief of staff for Cornett, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor. 

Smith, 58, is a resident of southwest Oklahoma City who has flipped his political affiliation between independent and Democrat three times since 2005.

Neighbors, 21, lives in northwest Oklahoma City, in the Heritage Hills East neighborhood.

Holt had raised more than $360,000 for his campaign through Sept. 30. Neither Smith nor Neighbors have filed paperwork to indicate they have raised money for the race.

Mayor is a nonpartisan post paying $24,000 per year. The mayor presides at city council meetings and has an office next to the city manager on the third floor of City Hall.

William Crum

OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman. Read more ›