The Norman Transcript

March 29, 2013

Challenger facing incumbent in Ward 5

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Ward 5 consists of mostly rural area and covers the largest land mass of all the wards in Norman.

The ward starts at approximately 36th Avenue East, excluding a small section between Alameda Street and Lindsey Street where the western boundary is 48th Avenue Southeast. South of Lindsey Street, the western boundary is 24th Avenue East, and south of Imhoff Road the western boundary is Classen Boulevard. The eastern boundary continues east to the far side of Lake Thunderbird and over to Little Axe.

Lynne Miller is challenging incumbent Dave Spaulding for the seat.

Council member Spaulding is a fifth-generation resident of Norman and a lifetime resident of Ward 5. He and his brothers were raised on a family homestead, and he still lives nearby. He is a graduate of Life Christian School and has been an entrepreneur and small business owner his entire life.

As a small business owner, Spaulding is an advocate for business and believes Norman needs to be business friendly. He believes the U.S. was founded on limited government, and individuals and entrepreneurs should have logical and common-sense regulations. Spaulding believes in strong family values and has a devotion to public service.

Spaulding believes he represents the rural community and the values and interests inherent to country living. He recognizes that there needs to be balance and believes he can help merge country-living values with the views and interests of those living in more populated areas.

Spaulding credits his success and ability to give to the community to his faith and his family. Dave is married and is the proud father of three little girls. He serves on the Council Oversight Committee and Business and Community Affairs Committee.

He also serves as the council’s representative to the Board of Trustees for the city of Norman Retirement System.

Miller is a retired Norman Public School principal, small-business owner and community leader and has been a resident of the ward for more than 25 years.

“I have a strong commitment to east Norman and its residents,” Miller said. “Ward 5 covers a unique part of Norman geographically and environmentally. It has unique issues and it deserves strong representation on the city council.

“I’ve decided it is my time to serve, and I believe my background experiences as a public servant and community volunteer will help me be successful.”

Miller is a life-long resident of Norman.

“I grew up here, my children grew up here and now I am blessed to have grandchildren growing up here.”

She has served in a number of community organizations. She is a charter member of the Sooner Rotary Club. She also serves on the OEC Foundation Board, the Norman Area Land Conservancy Board and formerly on the Pioneer Library System Board. She is an elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Norman.

“I have no personal agenda,” Miller said. “I simply believe that serving on the city council is a really important job. I have the time to serve and the commitment to be a strong representative.”

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