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Opinion

March 31, 2013

Our choices for council

NORMAN —

Four seats on the Norman City Council are up for grabs this week but really only three of them count. The odd-numbered wards are up for election in this odd-numbered year.

In Ward 1, we believe Greg Heiple represents the best choice for those eastside voters. He has positive ideas and would represent a moderate approach to governing.

He is a lifelong Norman resident and has watched the city grow and develop. Mr. Heiple’s idea to simplify the city’s financial reporting intrigues us. We’re not sure it’s all written in “Greek” as he implies, but it’s not all in English either.

In Ward 3, Councilman Robert Castleberry, appointed to the seat last year, had an opponent who moved out of the district and withdrew. But not before the ballots were printed and his name remains on the ballot. Mr. Castleberry should win easily and his opponent couldn’t be seated if he did win.

In Ward 5, we support the election of Lynne Miller. The former educator, library board member and longtime volunteer brings a skillset needed on the council.

Ms. Miller understands east Norman and will offer positive solutions to the problems that particular ward faces.

In Ward 7, Linda Lockett brings a lifetime of business savvy to the council table. She brings a much-needed perspective to the council and has earned a second term.

No matter who wins this time we applaud all of the candidates for seeking and serving in office. It’s a thankless job that often hurts business and strains relationships.

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