Oklahoma City will elect a new Mayor on Tuesday, 24 February, and all four of the candidates seem to be cut from the same cloth: Nice Guys with just enough gung-ho to get the job done. And, being Nice Guys, they have so far refused to scoff at one another, which perhaps makes for a dull campaign, which in turn might contribute to fairly low turnout as if the projected rain/snow mix for the day wouldn't do that all by itself.
Still, there are some differences, and they go something like this:
Mick Cornett, 45, current Ward 1 Councilman
Marcus Hayes, 27, retirement center social services director
Frosty Peak, 62, real-estate broker, former Ward 1 Councilman
Jim Tolbert, 68, bookstore owner
Party labels are eschewed in this race; for those who care, Cornett and Peak are Republicans, Hayes and Tolbert are Democrats.
The new Mayor will serve the balance of the term begun by Kirk Humphreys, who resigned to run for the US Senate.
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