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Martinez-Brooks to seek Ward 3 city council seat in Oklahoma City

Jessica Martinez-Brooks, who was appointed in 2018 to the Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust by Mayor David Holt, said Thursday she would run for the Ward 3 city council seat. 

Councilman Larry McAtee, the longest-serving current council member, has said he will not seek re-election in 2021.

Martinez-Brooks said in her announcement that it was important to "ensure our tax dollars are reaching our most inner and outer city limits."

Ward 3 reaches the outer southwest limits of Oklahoma City, into Canadian County and the Mustang public school district. Ward 3 is primarily west of Interstate 44 and south of Reno Avenue, with pockets extending north of Reno to NW 36. It includes Will Rogers World Airport.

If she were elected, Martinez-Brooks would inherit constituents who have publicly expressed concerns about development, condition of roads, and oil-and-gas activity. The west-side Kilpatrick Turnpike extension reaches into Ward 3 and is spurring development activity. 

Martinez-Brooks' husband Michael Brooks represents District 44 in the Oklahoma Senate. They have two children.

Martinez-Brooks most recently has been interim diversity and inclusion advocate at Oklahoma City University, having been named to that post in October. She formerly was director of diversity enrichment programs at the University of Oklahoma.

She earned her master's degree in administrative leadership and a bachelor's degree in journalism at OU.

Her election would make her the 12th woman to serve on the nine-member council since 1927. Currently, JoBeth Hamon represents Ward 6 and Nikki Nice represents Ward 7.

Nice's seat is up for election next year, as are the Ward 1, 3 and 4 seats.

Ward 1 Councilman James Greiner has said he will not seek re-election after serving two terms. 

Ward 4 Councilman Todd Stone has said he plans to seek a second term in 2021.

Martinez-Brooks is the first candidate to announce plans to run for McAtee's seat.

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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 ›