, Muskogee, OK

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November 30, 2009

Hammons: I’ll run for 2nd term

“Welcome to the future” will be the slogan for Mayor John Tyler Hammons’ campaign for re-election, he announced Monday night.

Hammons became Muskogee’s youngest mayor in a landslide victory in 2008. He was 19 years old at the time.

Now 21, Hammons said his first two-year term as mayor has taken him a lot of places many people never go in a lifetime.

“I’ve been on national TV multiple times,” he said. “I’ve had to say I’m not smarter than a fifth grader (referring to his appearance on a national game show). I’ve met governors, senators, presidents, former presidents. I’ve been blessed.”

Hammons also referred to his State of the City address in October, when he said he wants Muskogee to be a shining city on the hill.

“The world is watching us,” he said. “They’re watching us and waiting — what is going to be Muskogee’s future, where are we going?”

He used his “Welcome to the future” slogan to answer those questions.

“I believe that future is coming. Welcome to the future.”

Filing for the two-year mayor’s term is in February and the primary election is April 6. Councilor Jim Ritchey has announced he will challenge Hammons for the job. No other candidates have announced.

Hammons said he is seeking one more term.

“Two years is not enough time to get done everything I want to get done. I have loved it. I have not stopped fighting for you,” he told the three dozen people at his announcement party.

Hammons said his biggest accomplishment in his first two years in office was in changing attitudes among the citizens.

“I think by and large, people believe in Muskogee now,” he said. “People believe we have a leader that listens.”

He said he has tried to be as accessible to the public as much as he can by maintaining regular office hours.

“I’ve tried to maintain an image of a leader that listens and when the people speak, I want to hear what they have to say,” he said.

His biggest goals for the next two years would be to get campaign finance rules implemented for city candidates and to support the police department in their efforts to combat drugs in the city.

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