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Election results extend Oklahoma City Council's generational shift

Ward 2 Councilman-elect James Cooper
Ward 2 Councilman-elect James Cooper

When Tuesday's winners are seated, five of Oklahoma City's nine elected officials will be 40 or younger, as the generational shift highlighted by David Holt's election as mayor last year deepens its hold on governance.

Holt turns 40 next month, on March 10. 

Ward 1 Councilman James Greiner, the veteran of the group, was elected in 2013 and re-elected in 2017. He turns 38 on March 11.

Nikki Nice, who was elected Ward 7 councilwoman last November, is 38.

Newly elected Ward 6 Councilwoman JoBeth Hamon is 28. James Cooper, who will represent Ward 2, is 36.

Cooper describes his generation as the MAPS generation, inheriting a renaissance that has seen old barriers fall away and new opportunities arise.

Tuesday night, he said he felt his victory was a vote for the original vision of the city, where neighborhoods like Paseo, where he lives, were walkable and connected by transit to downtown.

Millennials value reconnecting neighborhoods and business districts with amenities such as sidewalks, lit for safety by streetlights, and dedicated bicycle lanes that offer an alternative to driving, he said.

When neighborhoods are walkable once again and connected by transit, Cooper said, "only then will our schools thrive."

Ward 6 Councilwoman-elect JoBeth Hamon
Ward 6 Councilwoman-elect JoBeth Hamon


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Ward 6 Councilwoman-elect JoBeth Hamon

Ward 6 Councilwoman-elect JoBeth Hamon

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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 ›