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On February 13, Vote For David Holt

Darla Shelden Story by on February 4, 2018 . Click on author name to view all articles by this author. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.
David Holt, candidate for mayor of Oklahoma City, talks with residents of the Putnam Heights neighborhood at at January 19 fundraiser in the home of Jack Werner and Suzanne Broadbent. Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan

David Holt, candidate for mayor of Oklahoma City, talks with residents of the Putnam Heights neighborhood at at January 19 fundraiser in the home of Jack Werner and Suzanne Broadbent. Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan

The City Sentinel endorsement

David Holt is the right man, at the right time, in the right town.

Horse racing analogies are overused in political analysis, but what the heck: Holt has dominated the race for mayor of Oklahoma City from pillar to post, from the starter’s gate to the finish line in sight on February 13.

As the longest-serving mayor in city history departs, power will likely pass smoothly into Holt’s hands this spring. Holt is likable, serious and hard-working. It’s his turn to lead.

In the state Senate, the lanky Republican has sometimes led, and sometimes been a team player.

The City Sentinel has covered Holt since his tenure at the Capitol began. He is accessible, responsive to questions and willing to see the merit in opposing views. He is moderately conservative, in a city trending “purple” (with “blue” and “red” enclaves).

Holt’s most serious opponent pulled out of the mayoral race after a car accident a few months ago, and both men handled the situation with grace and respect. Holt has garnered the support of virtually every prominent local elected official in both major political parties. This level of bipartisan support is obviously notable, but these days stating the obvious is often necessary.

His campaign promise was to build “One OKC.” He seems to have a unique ability in divisive times to build operational coalitions. He brings both real policy experience and youthful energy to the job.

If elected, Holt will be the youngest mayor of a Top 50 city in the United States – and the youngest mayor of Oklahoma City since 1923.

The hard part will begin on Wednesday, February 14, assuming he wins the race outright this month.
For election night, Holt has earned a time of celebration, in hopeful anticipation of a bright future.

The City Sentinel endorses David Holt for mayor of our town, Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City mayoral candidate David Holt covered a wide range of local policy issues during a recent discussion with voters, held in a Putnam Heights home. Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan

Oklahoma City mayoral candidate David Holt covered a wide range of local policy issues during a recent discussion with voters, held in a Putnam Heights home. Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan

Sen. David Holt was comfortable covering varied issues during an exchange with voters at a January fundraiser. Photo by Suzanne Broadbent

Sen. David Holt was comfortable covering varied issues during an exchange with voters at a January fundraiser. Photo by Suzanne Broadbent

At left, state Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, greets Patrick B. McGuigan, publisher and editor of The City Sentinel newspaper, at a campaign fundraising event. Photo by Suzanne Broadbent

At left, state Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, greets Patrick B. McGuigan, publisher and editor of The City Sentinel newspaper, at a campaign fundraising event. Photo by Suzanne Broadbent

 

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