Oklahoma City councilman formally announces re-election bid
Ward 8 Councilman Mark Stonecipher formally announced plans to seek a second term, naming a campaign steering committee ahead of the Dec. 5 filing deadline.
An oil and gas lawyer and former Quail Creek neighborhood association president, Stonecipher was first elected in 2015 from the northwest side, succeeding Pat Ryan, who retired.
Since then, he said, "We have dramatically increased the number of resurfaced roads, built new soccer fields for our children, moved forward with a new 130-acre park, and found additional dollars to expand our wildly successful new senior wellness center."
He noted the council, with voters' approval of a quarter-cent sales tax hike, has committed to hiring additional police officers and firefighters.
Earlier this year, Stonecipher took the lead in negotiating a compromise over Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid's insistence on increased transparency when the council weighs job-creation incentives.
Former Mayors Ron Norick and Mick Cornett will head up Stonecipher's campaign steering committee.
Filing for the Feb. 12 city council primary begins Dec. 3.