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February 5, 2008

Three more file to run for mayor

Three new contenders declared candidacies Tuesday for the city’s mayoral seat, creating an increasingly crowded field of five contenders.

Two people who filed on the second day of the three-day filing period say their candidacies will bring fresh and exciting ideas to city government. The two youngest mayoral candidates, whose combined ages total 44 years, say they represent Muskogee’s future.

Glynda Mae Lorraine Oliver, 25, said her mayoral bid was inspired by outgoing Mayor Wren Stratton, who is stepping down after serving a two-year term. Oliver, a Connors College graduate, wife and mother of three, said she wants to help Muskogee and its residents realize their combined potential.

“I would like to see some changes in Muskogee, but we’ve got to think outside the box,” Oliver said. “The world we live in is different today, and we need new leadership. I am part of this city’s future and would love to be a part of something even greater.”

John Tyler Hammons, a 19-year-old political science major at Oklahoma University, announced his campaign Tuesday with a promise to enroll at Northeastern State University’s Tahlequah campus if he wins the election in order to better serve the city as mayor.

“I can bring enthusiasm and energy to the office as well as offer fresh ideas.” said Hammons, a Muskogee High School graduate. “Serving others is an interest of mine, and I feel I have something of value to offer the citizens of Muskogee. We are in a new century, and we must bring in new ideas.”

Also tossing a hat into the mayoral race on Tuesday was Barney Scott Taylor, 38, a lifelong Muskogee resident. Taylor said he is interested in changing the way city government works and favors a strong mayor-council form of government.

“I have lived in Muskogee all my life — off and on — and there are a whole lot of things I am not impressed with,” Taylor said. “The person responsible for the day-to-day operations of any government should be accountable to the people and subject to an election every few years.”

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