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. I look forward to helping realize their dreams and keeping our city the most desirable place to live in Oklahoma.”
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.
“Over the holidays, I had a chance to spend time with friends and family here in Norman. It served as a reminder of how much this city, where I raised my two children, means to my family and me. I have been humbled by the encouragement and confidence of the hundreds of individuals who have asked me to run again.”
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, Caitlin and Aaron. Their dogs Sandy and Lenny fill a special place in their home.
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.