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June 11, 2014

District 3 Republican commissioner candidates bring views before Kiwanis members

NORMAN — Roads and bridges, transparency and accessibility were some of the issues broached by three of the Cleveland County District 3 GOP commissioner candidates at Tuesday’s Norman Kiwanis Club meeting.

Republican candidates Blaine Nice, Daryl Covey and Harold Haralson spoke in front of the group, with Kiwanis member Agi Lurtz moderating the panel.

Candidate Mike Reynolds had replied to the Kiwanis Club that he’d participate in the event but was a no show.

The primary is June 24.

Lurtz opened the session by asking each candidate about his qualifications for the job.

Nice, R-Norman, who has been an attorney in private practice in Oklahoma City for the past three years representing counties and cities, touted his experience as a former longtime assistant city attorney for the city of Norman.

He said his experience in property acquisition and public works for Norman would be useful if he were elected.

Covey, R-Lexington, is retired and said he would devote full time to the office, if elected. He said he decided to run a year ago when he became concerned about how District 3 was being run and became a candidate at that time.

He is running on a platform of transparency, accessibility, citizen focus and fiscal objectivity. Most recently, he chaired a fire district and a water district.

Haralson, R-Norman, a physician and former Norman mayor and council member, said his experience as an emergency physician and mayoral experience in every aspect of municipal government would help him be an effective commissioner.

Covey said he believes commissioners should get out to more sites and talk to more citizens.

“In 12 years of chairing a fire district and a water district, I’ve never had a county commissioner at my meeting. … We should be spending every dollar as if it’s our last,” Covey said.

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