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Government

March 31, 2013

Three candidates striving to become Norman’s mayor for next three years

NORMAN — Norman mayoral candidates Tom Sherman and David Kempf are challenging incumbent Cindy Rosenthal for the city’s leadership over the next three years.

Re-election would mark Rosenthal’s third term as mayor.

“We have experienced tremendous turnover on the council in recent years as veteran members have retired,” she said. “I hope to marshal my experience, knowledge and intergovernmental relationships to guide the city as we make tough decisions such as the challenges of water supply and water quality.

Her work as mayor has earned her numerous recognitions, including the 2009 Distinguished Public Service Award from the American Society of Public Administrators, 2010 Journal Record Woman of the Year, the 2010 Art Star honored by the Oklahoma Alliance for Arts Education and one of Oklahoma Magazine’s 2012 Oklahomans of the Year.

Since being elected mayor in 2007, Rosenthal has witnessed Norman’s steady growth.

“We managed this growth with common-sense solutions and fiscal accountability,” she said.

Rosenthal has tackled initiatives with public support for projects to improve public safety, invest in streets, bridges and critical infrastructure and maintain quality of life. She is proud of Norman’s leadership for its utilization of compressed natural gas vehicles, development of CNG infrastructure and its commitment to community-oriented policing with passage of the public safety sales tax.

Rosenthal is the director of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma. She and husband, Jim, have two adult children and two dogs.

She outlined three priorities for the coming term.

“First, we must address our water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure needs in the face of continuing drought conditions and water quality challenges,” she said. “Second, we need to pursue smart growth that respects existing neighborhoods while ensuring that new development is well-planned and fiscally sustainable.

“And third, many citizens would like to reinvest in our parks, recreational facilities and library services.”

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