Joe Carter, Ward 2 council member, is not running for re-election in February.
Carter announced today he will not seek re-election, but will serve the rest of his term until the February election.
“I’ve always had an end in mind. I think you can’t have success and begin something without having an end in mind,” Carter said. “I feel like the major goals that I had when I ran for city council have been achieved, and so there’s no point in lingering. I think it’s time to move on.”
Some of those major goals that Carter feels have been accomplished include addressing a lack of trust in the city government, a need for a change in the culture, protective tree and vegetation ordinances, addition of a forester, discourse in the University North Park Tax Increment Finance District and the arena project and business growth in Ed Noble Parkway, South Norman and Lindsey Street. Where the city was losing businesses it is now gaining businesses, he said.
“You take that plus enhancing the animal shelter and all of the other accomplishments that have taken place during the last year and a half, I felt like it’s a good time to move on,” Carter said.
Carter has lived in Norman for 30 years, is a business person in the city, raised his children in Norman and is the founder of Oklahoma Equine Hospital where he practices as a veterinarian. He said he plans to stay engaged with local government, and will be available to help in any way that city staff or council would see fit.
“I still think there is work left to be done,” Carter said. “We are still trying to resolve the TIF, we are trying to bring some closure to some Norman Forward projects and I’m really interested in seeing the recommendations from the Charter Review Committee.”
Carter said he’s passionate about changing the structure of hiring the city attorney, and hopes to see a recommendation on that from the Charter Review Committee. He would rather the council make the hiring decision instead of the city manager.
There is work to be done before the election, he said, but he wanted to make this announcement as soon as possible so candidates in Ward 2 have plenty of time to prepare for a transition.
All of the even numbered wards are up for re-election in February. Lee Hall, Ward 4 council member, said she will run for re-election.
Bill Scanlon, Ward 6 council member, said he is still undecided.
Alex Scott, Ward 8 council member, is also not running for re-election, but said she will finish her term on the dais as well. Scott is running for the State Senate District 15 seat, and said she will begin campaigning more actively once her council term is up.
After Carter’s term is up he plans to help his youngest recently-engaged daughter plan her wedding, spend more time fishing and riding horses with his four grandkids, keep busy with his veterinary practice and continue to volunteer at the The Wild Care Foundation.
“I’m not going to have any trouble filling up my calendar and my time,” Carter said.
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