David Holt announces candidacy for Mayor of Oklahoma City, cites vision of “One OKC”
Following the news that Mayor Mick Cornett will not seek re-election in February, 2018, David Holt is entering the Oklahoma City mayor’s race. Holt announced via a web video posted online at holtformayor.com.
In the announcement video, Holt calls for Oklahoma City voters to maintain visionary leadership in the Mayor’s office.
“I’m part of the generation that has chosen to build our lives here because of the visionary leadership of those who came before,” says Holt in his announcement. “We must maintain that same optimistic attitude, that same hunger to build a great city that got us here. We must capture the best elements of the past, but inject them with new energy and new ideas. We must renew the vision.”
In the video, Holt outlines the broad strokes of a platform for the city’s future.
“I believe Oklahoma City’s best days still lie ahead, but only if we rededicate ourselves to seeking the next big dream, while still maintaining a steady focus on the fundamentals – jobs, police and fire protection, streets and infrastructure, great schools, and quality of life in our neighborhoods.”
In the video, Holt is joined by citizens from different locations across the city declaring that Oklahoma City’s progress is “not finished yet.”
Backed by supporters in the closing scene of the video, Holt ends his announcement by making a call for city unity, or as he calls it – “one OKC”.
“This journey we’ve been on together – I want it to continue. I know it can. Over the course of the next few months, we’ll get to know each other even better, as we take this grassroots campaign to every corner of this city, our city. A mayor must first listen, and I’ll be listening to you. And then I’m going to ask you to join me as we write the next chapter of this story together, as one OKC.”
Holt was born and raised in Oklahoma City. The son of a teacher and a social worker, Holt has had family in Oklahoma City for the better part of a century. He graduated from Putnam City Schools before receiving his B.A. from George Washington University and his law degree from Oklahoma City University.
Holt served for five years as chief of staff to Mayor Mick Cornett before serving the last seven years in the Oklahoma Senate, representing parts of Northwest Oklahoma City. Holt has authored 60 pieces of legislation that have become law, and he has been a champion in the Senate for increased teacher pay, better public schools, more government transparency, protections for domestic violence victims, and higher voter participation. He has received the “Sunshine Award” from Freedom of Information Oklahoma, the “Guardian Award” from the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women, the “Bulldog Award” from the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council, and a Governor’s Art Award, among others.
Holt is the author of “Big League City: Oklahoma City’s Rise to the NBA,” which chronicles Oklahoma City’s recent renaissance. He has served on numerous community boards, including the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, Allied Arts, the Oklahoma City Arts Council, the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation, the Putnam City Public Schools Foundation, the Ralph Ellison Foundation, and Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, among many others. Last month, the OKC Friday paper named him “OKCityan of the Year.”
David and his wife Rachel, an Assistant Attorney General, have two children, George and Margaret. The Holts are members of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church. Holt is also a member of the Osage Nation.
For more information about the campaign, visit holtformayor.com, or follow David Holt on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
The election will be held February 13, 2018.