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January 11, 2014

Council filing opens

NORMAN — Local government is closest to the people. Don’t believe it? If the trash isn’t picked up, the street light out or the stoplight broken, the first call is always to City Hall. Nevermind the Capitol or the federal government.

Filing for the even-numbered Norman City Council seats opens 8 a.m. Monday at the Cleveland County Election Board. Wards 2, 4, 6 and 8 positions are up for election this year.

The incumbents, save for Councilman Tom Kovach, are apparently seeking re-election, although we haven’t heard from Councilman Greg Jungman. Two newcomers have announced their intent to seek Kovach’s Ward 2 seat. Dr. Jim Griffith, in Ward 6 and Chad Williams in Ward 8, are running again.

Norman is facing some significant, big-picture issues in coming months. It’s easy to sit back and criticize council decisions. It’s much harder to sit in the council seats. Unlike the state or county positions, council seats are mostly voluntary and don’t come with a salary. It’s quite a time commitment and we applaud those who take the time to file for office, campaign and serve.

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