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January 12, 2014

Karjala seeks Ward 2 post

NORMAN — Aleisha Karjala, a 39-year-old educator, announced recently her candidacy for Norman City Council, Ward 2.

Karjala is a 16-year resident of Norman and vice chair of the Library Board. Karjala said that she believes there must be improvement upon education, city services and economic development to preserve the quality of life in Norman.

Karjala knows firsthand about the quality of Norman. As a working mother, she raised her son here. She and her son, Alec, utilized the many activities and services Norman provides. As a single parent, her civic involvement while raising her son was connected to his activities, serving as a PTA volunteer and as president of the Norman High School Boys’ Soccer Team Booster Club.

After finishing her education at the University of Oklahoma, Karjala accepted a position at USAO in Chickasha. After her son graduated from the Norman public school system, she joined the Library Board. During her time of service, library services have expanded in Norman with an east side 24-hour service location and the Norman West branch location.

“Norman has been, and continues to be, very good to my family. Now, I want to give something back,” she said.

While the quality of parks, libraries, schools and jobs are important to her, Karjala has yet another motivation to run for Ward 2.

“I believe that good people need to be willing to run for office to truly represent the will of the people,” she said. “I’m not a politician. I’m just a citizen of Norman, who loves my town and wants to make it even better.”

Karjala said she intends to help the city, as a whole, prosper, while representing the concerns of Ward 2. She believes Ward 2 needs strong representation in the resolution of infrastructure issues. Specifically, this means following through with some of the concerns about the expansion of Lindsey Street and addressing the storm water issues associated with this project that plagues Ward 2.

For more information on Karjala’s campaign, email aleishakarjala@gmail.com.

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