Ward 6 Councilwoman Breea Clark announced her bid today to become Norman’s next mayor.
Clark is in her second term serving on the Norman City Council. She currently serves on the City of Norman’s Legislative Committee and the Community Planning & Transportation Committee, and she is the chairwoman for the Oversight Committee. Her current roles as President of the Norman Eastside Business Association, member of the Economic Strategic Plan Steering Committee, and member of the Ready for 100 Norman group have also helped to prepare her to lead Norman as it becomes a more fiscally responsible, environmentally sustainable, and inclusive city.
“These past several years have given me the knowledge and experience to lead our city. I am grateful for the active citizens and organizations in our community, and I am confident we have the hardest working staff in Oklahoma. We need a leader that can bring us together and move us forward, and I am ready to do that for Norman,” Clark stated.
Through organizing numerous Clark in the Park events, speaking to various K-12 student groups about local government, and creating opportunities to connect with City staff and services with events like creek clean-ups with the Stormwater division and Read & Rides on CART buses with the Norman Police Department and Pioneer Library System, Clark has successfully built bridges between residents and local government. Clark stated, “During my time on Council, I have modeled a positive, hands-on approach to leadership and collaborated with my colleagues and community organizations on a variety of initiatives, and I look forward to continuing this spirit of collaboration in working with other communities, the county, and the state legislature to build a better future for Norman residents.”
While the city is starting to make progress on a stand-alone Senior Center and a new proposal for a stormwater bond and utility thanks in major part to the assistance from both the Friends for a 21st Century Stand-Alone Senior Center and the Stormwater Citizens committee, Clark wants the city to continue to move forward with important projects like a new station for the Norman Police Department in addition to a new fire station for east Norman. Clark would also prioritize passing a Complete Streets Ordinance and updating our Engineering Design criteria, which would promote accessibility and walkability throughout the community. Other major priorities would be to audit the building permit process and increase our City Staff to allow for additional positions that will guide us as we move forward on the Ready for 100 initiative, enforce new ordinances to protect our city’s trees, and help with Public Works projects.
“From excellent educational opportunities with Norman Public Schools, the Moore Norman Technology Center, and the University of Oklahoma to the variety of entertainment options provided by Norman Parks & Recreation, the Norman Arts Council, and the multitude of citizen-organized festivals and parades, Norman is a great community to call ‘home,’” she said. “To move forward, we need a strong leader that can help us to capitalize on our strengths and chart a course for the future that will support a flourishing local economy, build better infrastructure and enhance accessibility, and strengthen relationships with our partners.”
Clark has a B.A. in Political Science from Wichita State University and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Prior to seeking elected office, she served on the Norman Tree Board, Library Board, and the Norman Forward Sales Tax Citizens Financial Oversight Board. She also served on various task forces with Norman Public Schools. She was instrumental in reviving the Norman PTA Council and served as its president. Breea is married to her high school sweetheart, Kevin, and has two young sons.
You can learn more about Breea’s campaign at clarkfornorman.com and on her social media pages.