The Edmond Sun

October 7, 2011

Our View: Thank you to our mayor

Edmond Sun Editorial Board
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Mayor Patrice Douglas is about to embark on the next phase of her political career with a gubernatorial appointment to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. She served one full term and was re-elected at the beginning of this year to a second term without opposition. We think that says a lot about how the community believes she’s done her job as mayor — so well that no one wanted to disrupt the forward progress she brought to the City Council.

We want to take this opportunity to congratulate the mayor on what she has accomplished. She brought a renewed focus on the small business community back to the city. Douglas also has worked to improve the city’s image in its planning and building processes.

More importantly, Douglas brought all the parties back to the table to bring forward a new proposal for the Public Safety Center project, which will go to voters Oct. 11. She took her time and put a lot of effort into bringing new partners to the city through a national mayor’s conference program that breathed fresh insight into the process. She brought the council to a consensus point as well as reached out to several other constituencies to see what they wanted to achieve in the process. It’s a promise she made when running for her first term in office, and we believe it’s a promise kept.

The true testament to her legacy will be determined Oct. 11 when voters decide whether the project and its funding mechanisms gain approval.

In the meantime, we believe the new work Douglas is about to embark upon also will bring benefits to Edmond, but more from the influence she can have on a statewide platform. We appreciate all the ways Mayor Douglas has represented Edmond and we wish her and her family continued success.