The Norman Transcript

Government

April 3, 2013

Another term for Rosenthal

NORMAN — Cindy Rosenthal defeated Tom Sherman and David Kempf to win her third, three-year term as mayor of Norman on Tuesday.

The mayor’s race was marked by negative campaign ads and misinformation with more than $200,000 spent in campaign funds according to the combined reports of the three candidates and their supporters and detractors.

“Friends, family and people I’d never met before reached out and said they were going to support me and reject the negativity,” Rosenthal said.

Around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sherman called Rosenthal to concede.

By 9 p.m., the unofficial numbers from the Cleveland County Election Board had been posted online and the months-long race was over.

Rosenthal, an OU professor and director of the university’s Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, announced Sherman’s call to a packed and jubilant room of supporters at Legends Times Two. The mayor thanked her family and friends for standing beside her through the negativity.

“I appreciate the call from Tom Sherman pledging his willingness to work with me,” Rosenthal said.

The mood at Sooner Legends where Sherman hosted his watch party was supportive of a hard-fought race.

“I’m disappointed, especially for all the people that worked so hard on the campaign for me,” Sherman said. “It was tough that we had such a bad day, the turnout was low, and I’m not attributing my loss to that, but it’s just a shame that we didn’t get more people out to vote in this election.”

Rosenthal, the first popularly elected woman mayor, carried 5,898 votes comprising a 54 percent majority, meaning there will be no runoff in the three-way race. Sherman carried 37 percent with 4,050 votes and Kempf garnered 928, or 8.5 percent of the vote.

The last mayor’s race in 2010 had 12,670 votes cast, Cleveland County Election Board Secretary Jim Williams said. This year, 10,876 votes were cast, a 14 percent decrease likely attributable to the rain.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Government
  • Breast Care Center will relocate to HealthPlex

    The Norman Regional Health System will move its Breast Care Center to the HealthPlex campus, making it more accessible for patients, hospital officials said Monday. At its monthly board meeting, the Norman Regional Hospital Authority ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Officials say transparency lacking in Wal-Mart zoning

    Norman city staff recently admitted to withholding information from the public regarding a controversial zoning change in southeast Norman. If approved by the city council, the proposal will allow a Wal-Mart supercenter at Cedar Lane and ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Fracking Operation Norman library to host community dialogue about fracking

    Are Oklahoma oil companies an oligarchy that is controlling state policy? Is fracking safe? These and other topics will be the subject of an upcoming Fracking Forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 11 in the Norman Public Library’s Lowry Room, 225 ...

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • City manager calls Moore strong while addressing Chamber

    MOORE — Moore’s City Manager Steve Eddy could have quoted Dickens: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Eddy, with help from Mayor Glenn Lewis, reported on Tuesday on the State of the City to the Moore Chamber of ...

    July 23, 2014

  • walmart City leaders say ‘yes’ to Wal-Mart supercenter postponement

    Despite complaints that a postponement request was in the eleventh hour, a zoning change in east Norman was put on hold Tuesday night. The proposal to rezone property at Cedar Lane Road between 24th Avenue Southeast and Highway 77 ...

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Moore City Council paves way for Sam’s Club location

    MOORE — The Moore City Council approved a $5 million bond Tuesday to be repaid with sales tax and utility revenues. “A good amount of street improvements needs to be done,” Moore City Manager Steve Eddy said. “This will be paid for with ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Another brick in the Wal-Mart

    Norman could soon have five Wal-Mart stores, including three supercenters and two neighborhood markets. A proposal for the newest supercenter will come before the Norman City Council at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday via a request for a zoning change on ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Local group celebrates ruling

    A local group, Mothers of Many, expressed its elation with Friday’s 10th Circuit Court ruling striking down Oklahoma’s state ban on same-sex marriage....

    July 20, 2014

  • Leftover loss still hurting

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Cities, counties and school districts remain frozen out of a federal program that has sent millions of dollars worth of trenchers, trailers, semis, bulldozers, boats and forklifts and other equipment over the years....

    July 19, 2014

  • City and state briefs

    Transportation needs listed The White House released a new report this week from the Council of Economic Advisers and National Economic Council on the long-term economic benefits of transportation investment and why conditions in the ...

    July 17, 2014