2017 February POINT!

O klahoma City residents have an vote in Oklahoma City Council and Oklahoma City Public School Board elections. Oklahoma City Council Wards 1, 3, 4 and 7 and School Board Chairperson and Districts 1 and 2 are up for election this year. A total of 13 candidates filed to run for Oklahoma City Council elections, including incumbents James Greiner (Ward 1), Larry McAtee (Ward 3) and John Pettis (Ward 7). In Ward 4, incumbent Pete White is retiring and did not file for re-election. Eleven candidates filed for seats on the Oklahoma City Public Schools board, including District 2 incumbent Justin Ellis. Paula Lewis, currently representing District 4, is running for board chair. To view your polling location and a sample ballot, visit www.ok.gov/elections. view a complete voter guide, including the candidates’ responses to a Chamber survey, at www.okcchamber.com/2017elections. During the 2017 legislative session, the Chamber will actively lobby on behalf of the business community to improve economic development and quality of life in Greater Oklahoma City. The Chamber also relies on its members to engage with legislators and help move the agenda of Oklahoma City’s growth forward. In order to help you fully maximize your impact on the political process, the Chamber’s advocacy website, www.okcbusinessadvocate.com, opportunity to impact Oklahoma City’s future growth on Feb. 14 when they

allows you to easily identify your elected officials and the most effective ways to communicate with them. The site also contains the Chamber’s public policy priorities and updates on the progress of the Chamber’s lobbying efforts at the Capitol. Throughout the legislative session, Chamber members can opt to receive “The Business Advocate” – an email newsletter featuring timely updates on the status of priority legislative issues. The Chamber also encourages business leaders to act as a grassroots advocate for issues that are important to the economic stability of the region. For more information about the Chamber’s advocacy efforts or the Business Advocacy Center, contact Derek Sparks, government relations manager, at dsparks@ okcchamber.com or 297-8933. Ways to speak up for your business: • Contact your elected official and leaders at the state Capitol by phone, email, letter or an in-person visit. • Stay informed on the issues. Visit www.okcbusinessadvocate.com to learn more about issues that will impact Oklahoma City businesses and sign up for “The Business Advocate” newsletter at that link. • Connect with the community. The Chamber’s events throughout the year are the perfect way to stay informed on the issues facing Oklahoma City while meeting legislators and other business leaders.

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