The Edmond Sun

March 29, 2013

OUR VIEW: Choice is clear


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — This Tuesday, Edmond residents are asked to go to the polls to choose between incumbent Mayor Charles Lamb and Richard Prawdzienski for the office of mayor. Voters citywide also will be asked to consider whether to retain Nick Massey as its Ward 4 councilmember or select newcomer Shilpa Abbitt, an engineer employed by Devon Energy in Oklahoma City.

Lamb has served on the council for a total of 16 years and is seeking a two-year term as mayor. Massey was appointed a year ago to fulfill the unexpired term of David Miller, who left for an out-of-state work opportunity. This is Massey’s first time to run for public office.

Running for local office is one of the greatest acts in fulfilling an American’s civic duty. Both challengers for the two council seats provided contrast, highlighted issues and most importantly gave voters a choice. It is not easy to  undergo public scrutiny and perform well in candidate forums. We appreciate the effort made by both the challengers in these races because we understand just how daunting it can be to run for public office.

But come Tuesday voters must make a choice for mayor and the Ward 4 City Council seat, which has a four-year term. We recommend choosing experienced leaders who understand how city government operates and is financed. The city needs leaders who understand how to secure a strong and stable financial future for Edmond residents — for those who live here now and for those who are yet to arrive. We need leaders who can find solutions to some of our thorniest issues — tangled traffic, fair development practices and increasing daytime jobs

Becoming a councilmember requires a commitment to improving the community and not just sitting back and saying Edmond’s great now so why change anything? Imagine where we would be now if former Edmond Mayor Carl Reherman and the City Council serving with him had said that and had not taken on the daunting challenge of creating Arcadia Lake in the 1970s. Having vision and securing necessary infrastructure and other public improvements is the hallmark of the type of leaders needed in Edmond’s local government.

The choice on Tuesday should be easy. We already have two leaders serving now on the City Council who meet all of those requirements and more. We wholeheartedly endorse Lamb and Massey for their balanced approaches to government and growth in Edmond. We encourage residents to go the polls before 7 p.m. Tuesday and cast their ballot.