By Conrad Dudderar
Two Canadian County residents have joined the Oklahoma City Council after a boost from their “neighbors.”
Earning especially strong support among Canadian County voters, Bradley Carter and Barbara Young won the April 6th City of Oklahoma City elections to claim seats on the nine-member council. This marks the first time in three decades Canadian County has been represented on Oklahoma City’s elected governing body.
Several dozen polling places were open across Canadian and Oklahoma counties for the Ward 1 and Ward 3 council races. Both seats cover large portions of eastern Canadian County.
- Carter, of N.W. 103rd in Yukon, defeated Shay Varnell by a 54.4% vote margin (2,489-2,117) across Ward 1. Canadian County voters favored Carter by 67.66% (1,364-652).
- Young, of S.W. 18th Street in Yukon, defeated Jessica Martinez-Brooks by a 56.98% vote margin (2,113-1,595) across Ward 3. Canadian County voters favored Young by 63.94% (1,225-691).
As winners in their respective elections, Carter and Young earned the next four-term expiring in April 2025.
The two Canadian County residents took office on Tuesday, April 13 at the Oklahoma City Council meeting.
Carter succeeds James Greiner, who was Oklahoma City’s Ward 1 council member since April 2013. Greiner decided not to seek a third term.
Carter owns a coffee roasting and distribution company and is a ministry leader. He previously served in the U.S. Army.
Carter expressed his gratitude to the voters and called it an honor to represent Ward 1, which includes parts of both Canadian and Oklahoma counties.
“The work is just starting, and I look forward to continued input as we work together to serve our neighbors by serving our city,” he said.
As he stepped into his new role, Carter asked his constituents to continue keeping him and his family “in your thoughts, prayers and conversations.”
Young succeeds Larry McAtee, who was Oklahoma City’s Ward 3 council member since April 2001. McAtee also decided not to run for re-election.
Young works at Love’s Corporate managing projects for the company’s merchandise team supporting more than 500 locations. She is a former Oklahoma City police 911 dispatcher and volunteer emergency medical technician.
Young thanked her neighbors for the support during the campaign, saying she looks forward to working hard for “our Ward 3 families.”
“From supporting law enforcement, fighting for infrastructure and investment in our part of Oklahoma City, to keeping taxes low and creating jobs for our families, I’ll champion our shared values, and my door is open to everyone,” she said.
After her victory, Young pledged to “represent everyone” whether they voted for her or not.
TWO NEW ‘VOICES’
Ward 1 in Canadian County includes areas south of Piedmont and north of Yukon.
Ward 3 in Canadian County surrounds Mustang and includes areas directly south of Yukon.
Oklahoma City is the largest and fastest-growing municipality in Canadian County. In fact, about one-third of Canadian County’s estimated 150,000 residents live in Oklahoma City limits.
“We haven’t had a ‘voice’ from Canadian County on the Oklahoma City Council for about 30 years,” District 1 Canadian County Commissioner Marc Hader said. “With the way our population is growing so dramatically, it’s important for Canadian County to have voices from our area.
“As long as Oklahoma City is going to have such a large ‘footprint’ in Canadian County, it only seems reasonable for us to have a larger representation on their council.”
Hader believes Carter and Young will serve their wards well, representing the conservative values of constituents while helping “reign in” government overreach into people’s personal lives and freedoms.
“In the current climate and with the COVID challenges, we’ve had a lot of government overstepping constitutional boundaries and interfering with the individual’s right to determine their own outcome,” he said. “We’ve seen that with the Edmond, Norman and Oklahoma City councils.”
District 3 Canadian County Commissioner Jack Stewart also is well pleased that Canadian County residents are now serving on the Oklahoma City Council.
“We need so much help with Oklahoma City streets in Canadian County,” Stewart said. “Now we have a chance with these two new city council members.”
The Oklahoma City Council has nine members: The mayor, who is elected citywide; and one member from each of Oklahoma City’s eight wards.