The Moore American

February 27, 2013

Trio seeks Ward 1 seat on council

By Jay Chilton
The Moore American

MOORE — Three men are seeking the Ward 1 city council seat in Moore. They include the native son incumbent, a marketing entrepreneur and a former candidate for House District 53. 

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 5. Ward 1 contains all of precincts 140022, 140024, 140063, 140070 as well as parts of precincts 140021, 140044 and 140072. Additionally, Rose State College will have a special election on March 5 involving Cleveland County precincts 140078 and 140087.

Scott Singer was the only candidate to file in Ward 2 and Jason Blair, the incumbent, was the sole contender in Ward 3. Singer will replace Kathy Griffith and Blair remains in office.

Ward 1 roughly constitutes the southeast third of the city of Moore. The largest of the three wards with approximately eight and half square miles, Ward 1 also has the least frontage on Interstate 35 extending from Main Street to South 19th Street and only on the east side of the Interstate.

Incumbent Robert Krows has been the head wrestling coach at Moore Junior High for nine years and is a graduate of Moore High School. Krows also graduated from the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business and is pursuing a masters of education leadership.

Growth and development in the area are key issues for Krows. His hope is to address these issues with the best options available and he believes he has the experience to accomplish those goals. Constituent representation also is a motivator for Krows.

“The people of this area have not always been represented the way they want,” Krows said.

Krows said he will represent the constituents of Ward 1 the way they want to be represented and he will “stand up for citizens.”

Krows said he will work to improve the quality of life, infrastructure and parks and recreation services. Street repair is a key issue as is access to and from the ward. Krows said he would like to see an underpass at the railroad tracks on Southeast 4th Street and a bridge built on Southeast 34th Street to improve traffic flow to and from the ward.

“I will actually go to city council meetings. My opponents have never been to a council meeting and I am the only Moore native in the race. That’s why I think I am the best for the job,” he said.

Carl D. Britton Jr. is the founder and president of In Their Face Marketing LLC. He is an Oklahoma native, originally from Del City, a professional speaker and the author of the book, “Facebook for Independent Pharmacy.”

Britton hopes to improve the city’s water supply. He believes a proper water strategy is not in place and wants to create a comprehensive plan to handle Moore’s water usage issues.

Business growth in Ward 1 also is high on Britton’s list and he believes his skill set as a banker and a business owner gives him the fiscal responsibility and expertise to accomplish just that. Britton said he wants to “give back to the community.”

Britton expects to put a water conservation plan in place and educate residents about the water issues, namely Moore’s dependence on Oklahoma City for water. He also plans to develop more office space and drive more business to Ward 1 while at the same time addressing quality of life issues for the residents of the ward.

“My wife and I sat down and talked about where we wanted to move. We decided to move to Moore because of the people and the city, we want to help it grow and prosper,” Britton said.

Eric E. Beu is a former candidate for State Representative for House District 53. Beu withdrew from that race following a challenge from eventual winner Mark McBride.

Attempts to contact with Beu were not successful.