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.