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Hamon's election in Ward 6 repudiates big-money Oklahoma City politics

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

JoBeth Hamon's election to the Oklahoma City Council from Ward 6 on Tuesday night showed the power of politics practiced close to the ground.

Hamon, 28, reported the week before the election that she had raised $18,600 in mostly small donations. Nathaniel Harding raised more than $140,000, much of it in donations of $500 to $2,700 from interests in banking, energy, law, public relations, and real estate development.

Hamon said she had knocked doors by December in every precinct in the central city ward, which includes much of downtown, then started again.

She was active on social media (@jospacebear) and produced a well-crafted and engaging campaign website.

An education coordinator at the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma, Hamon gained some renown and press during the campaign as a downtown resident choosing to live without a car.

She discussed her personal experience riding Embark transit buses and was invariably pictured with her bicycle.

She counted herself among a new generation of Oklahoma Citians with "hipster tendencies."

Hamon was elected over Harding and one other candidate with 54.4 percent of the vote. Harding, 37, had 41.3 percent.

After the votes were counted Tuesday night, Hamon said, "We have a lot of amazing things going for Oklahoma City but not everyone has felt them."

"From the beginning my campaign has been about building OKC for all of our neighbors," she said by text.

"From public transit, to housing, to infrastructure that touches all parts of our ward and beyond," Hamon said, "tonight Ward 6 made a choice to embrace our most vulnerable neighbors, knowing that will create a city that works better for everyone."

Nathaniel Harding
Nathaniel Harding


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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 ›