The Norman Transcript

Editorials

March 31, 2013

Rosenthal best choice for Norman’s future

NORMAN —

Norman voters have an opportunity to have their say over who sits in the mayor’s seat and around the City Council table this week. The Office of mayor and City Council Wards 1, 3, 5 and 7 are up for grabs.

Understandably, the mayor’s race has grabbed the most attention. It started out quiet and low-key and ended up ugly with lots of misinformation being mailed, broadcast and posted on various websites.

For a variety of reasons, we believe voters would do well to give incumbent Cindy Rosenthal a third term in office. The other two candidates — Tom Sherman and David Kempf — make some good points, but the issues confronting the city today require some continuity of leadership.

In a Transcript editorial board meeting, Mayor Rosenthal made note of the need to grow the city’s retail base in order to keep pace with other cities and pay for public safety and other services, maintenance and other improvements. There have been positive changes made of late, many of them at the urging of the Chamber of Commerce.

The mayor has a solid grasp of the issues and changes needed to move Norman forward in a number of areas. They include continued repair and replacement of infrastructure, solutions to the water quantity and quality issue, job growth and quality of life amenities like an aquatics center and library facilities.

We believe Mayor Rosenthal represents the best choice of the three candidates running. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Early, in-person absentee voting continues from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at the county election board. Results will be available after the polls close at www.normantranscript.com.

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