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March 27, 2013

2 vying for Ward 1 position

NORMAN — Ward 1 includes the area east of 12th Avenue Northeast between Alameda and Lindsey streets extending to 48th Avenue Southeast and between 12th Avenue Southeast and 24th Avenue Southeast. Classen Boulevard is the west boundary and State Highway 9 is the south boundary.

Greg Heiple is challenging incumbent Roger Gallagher in the Ward 1 race.

Council member Gallagher is a Vietnam veteran and has been a resident of Norman’s Ward 1 since 1976. He moved here to work on an advanced degree at the University of Oklahoma and to teach English. In 1980, he returned to flying and retired after 32 years as a commercial helicopter pilot. He began his official service as council member in July 2011.

Gallagher has two master’s degrees in English and school administration from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and has served as the university’s ombudsman. His principal concerns are a strong public safety philosophy and a cautious approach to Norman’s financial condition.

He believes that the city cannot function properly without a wide array of concerned citizens volunteering, attending council meetings and voicing their ideas.

“I have a strong sense of accomplishment about several issues and/or programs, and I plan to continue working for the betterment of the entire city,” Gallagher said.

He serves on the Council Finance Committee and the Community Planning and Transportation Committee. He also serves as the council’s representative to the Animal Welfare Oversight Committee and the Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Committee.

“My goals are to make Norman an economically vibrant city and to work on projects that will benefit everyone in the city,” he said.

Gallagher fought for a stronger code of ethics for city leaders and eliminated the city lobbyist, saving the city $75,000 with the money moved to increased street sweeping. He also fought for a new animal shelter and an east branch library.

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