Oklahoma City “will not add any new city council wards”

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In the near future, Oklahoma City has no plans to add new neighborhoods to City Council. On Tuesday, council members voted against a resolution that would have forced the city to expand beyond the current eight neighborhoods. The city hasn’t added a neighborhood since the 1960s, when the population was roughly half of what it is today. The lack of additions was one of the arguments in favor of adding additional districts. After a debate, council members voted 5-3 against a plan that would have required the city to go from eight council districts to 10. Stone didn’t like it being a requirement, while council member Mark Stonecipher Northwestern OKC, thinks the current eight-ward configuration works. On the other side, OKC’s central representative, JoBeth Hamon, believes greater representation is needed and that OKC’s Latin community is woefully underserved. run for office, because they didn’t matter. Their votes didn’t matter to past candidates, ”Hamon said. Mayor David Holt voted against the measure today. “I still want to see what that looks like with two more rooms, but I don’t think I make that a requirement yet when I haven’t seen a number card of anything else,” Stone said. . This is an issue that has been raised repeatedly in OKC over the past 30 years. If history is any indication, it will come back in the future.

In the near future, Oklahoma City has no plans to add new neighborhoods to City Council.

On Tuesday, council members voted no to a resolution that would have forced the city to expand beyond the current eight districts.

The city hasn’t added a neighborhood since the 1960s, when the population was about half of what it is now. The absence of additions was one of the arguments put forward in favor of adding additional municipal districts.

After a debate, council members voted 5 to 3 against a plan that would have required the city to move from eight council districts to 10.

OKC Southeast Council Member Todd Stone did not like that this was a requirement, while OKC North West Council Member Mark Stonecipher believes the current setup to eight quarters works.

On the other side, OKC’s central representative, JoBeth Hamon, believes greater representation is needed and that OKC’s Latin community is woefully underserved.

“I talked to people over and over again that no one in town ever went to talk to them when they ran for office, because they didn’t matter. Their votes didn’t matter. of importance to people who have come forward in the past, ”says Hamon.

Mayor David Holt voted against the measure today.

“I still want to see what it looks like with two more rooms, but I don’t believe in making that a requirement yet as I haven’t seen a numbers card of anything else yet,” said Stone.

This is a problem that has come up repeatedly at OKC over the past 30 years. If history is any indication, it will come back in the future.


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