That would seem to be the message coming from Oklahoma City’s Ward 3. Since 2001, residents in the southwest OKC area have been content to let Larry McAtee represent them at 200 N. Walker Ave. in the heart of downtown.
Meanwhile, in Ward 4, the pending retirement of long-time councilmember Pete White, announced in November 2016, leaves the seat up for grabs. A four-way race pits a career politician, two scientists and a business owner against each other to lay claim to the area east of Interstate 35 along the I-240/I-40 corridor that includes Tinker Air Force Base.
The election for OKC council will be held Tuesday, Feb. 14. (If you’re unsure about which Ward is yours, take a look at the map here.) Also, for previous coverage of Wards 1 and 7, click here.
1Ward 3: Larry McAtee, incumbent
Profession: Councilmember; former president of Ironsharpeners, a management-consulting company
Political experience: Councilmember since 2001
Platform: Roads, public safety and economic development, but really who needs a platform when you’ve won your Ward since 2001?