This is, in my opinion, the most important story in today’s paper: State Tea Party Activists Focus on Oklahoma City Government
Excerpt: Van Manen and Hearron admit they talk often and have a lot in common but stop short of saying they should be viewed as running together. Both men are members of Windsor Hills Baptist Church. Van Manen is music director at the church, where Sooner Tea Party meetings have been scheduled.
I would also urge you to read this story in the Journal Record as well: Ward 2 Seat Draws 6 Candidates
Excerpt: The Sooner Tea Party’s Internet site, for example, in the group’s January newsletter says, “We have two Tea Party candidates for OKC City Council, Cliff Hearron for Ward 8 and Adrian Van Manen for Ward 6. … These races are very low turnout; literally a couple thousand voters will choose who gets the seat, so we stand an excellent chance of winning these two seats if we put money and effort into the races. No doubt other conservative candidates will be found before the filing deadline, so the Tea Party could simply take control of OKC city government if we can rally the Tea Party members.”
Final note: why is this of interest to readers of OKC Central? These reports also indicate the only incumbent councilman supported by the local Tea Party organization is Brian Walters, who opposed MAPS 3 and the 2007 bond issue.
Both elections included significant re-investment in the inner-city.