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April 6, 2014

Nice announces candidacy for County Commissioner seat

NORMAN — Blaine Nice, a lifelong conservative Republican, has announced he will run for Cleveland County Commission District 3.

“I’ve lived and worked in Norman for 25 years. During that time we’ve seen tremendous growth and prosperity. Everyone knows Norman and Cleveland County is a great place to live, work and raise a family,” Nice said. “I want to see that continue.”

Nice, a former city attorney, said Cleveland County is unique in many ways. Citing the current state of the nation’s economy. Nice believes strongly we need to continue our fiscally responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

“Our community has defied the odds. Since the 2008 Financial Crisis the nation’s economy as a whole has stagnated. Job growth has been negligible but we believe in doing things differently here and it has paid off.

“Our unemployment is well below the national average and we’re creating quality jobs. It is critical we continue our progress by electing leaders who understand how to create those jobs through lower taxes, minimal regulations and responsible spending. That is exactly what I want to do as county commissioner.”

Nice also said that leadership and integrity are vital characteristics for a county commissioner to possess.

“This is an office where leadership matters a great deal,” he said. “It is critical for our county commissioners to be focused on the business of ensuring the county’s funds are handled responsibly, not distracted by other issues. I believe I can bring to this office the kind of steady leadership and integrity our communities deserve, and I hope the others will give me a chance to serve.”

Nice, 55, graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1986. He worked his way through college in construction and as a police officer. He previously served the City of Norman in the city attorney’s office for 24 years. He is currently an attorney at Fellers and Snider where he works on municipal law.

Nice and his wife, Candy, a Registered Nurse for G.I. of Norman, have four children, Kyle, 31, Justin, 30, John, 23, and Alley, 22.

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