The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 13, 2013

Our best wishes to the three newest members of the Enid City Commission


Associated Press

ENID, Okla. — We want to congratulate the men elected Tuesday to Enid City Commission.

Ben Ezzell was chosen by residents in Ward 3. Rodney Timm was chosen by voters in Ward 4, and Dr. David Vanhooser was selected by residents in Ward 6.

They will take office at the first meeting in May, although it’s possible Vanhooser could take office sooner. Current Ward 6 Commissioner Todd Ging is resigning due to conflicts with a new job he has in Tonkawa, and Vanhooser could be appointed to fill out the term.

We’d also like to commend the other men who ran for the seats. The races were well-run, and all candidates stuck to the issues.

Eldon Stephens ran against Ezzell in Ward 3. Former commissioner Loyd Kaufman ran against Timm, and Joey Meibergen and Mickey De La Cruz ran against Vanhooser in Ward 6.

The new commissioners are coming on board during an important time for the city. There is the continued work downtown with Enid Renaissance Project, including Enid Event Center and the new hotel project.

There also will be the March 5 vote on the $50 million parks plan. Granted, these new commissioners won’t take office until after the vote, but they either will be on the commission to implement the plan if it passes for figure out what needs to be done about parks if it fails.

We hope the new commissioners now take the time to get acquainted with the job. It would help them to contact the current commissioners and try to get as up to speed as possible on the issues.

Oh, and another thing. The election’s over. It’s time to take the campaign signs down.