KOCO sports director Mick Cornett was no different.
When I grew up and became a businessman and a community volunteer, I had the opportunity to get to know Cornett. By then, he was Councilman Cornett, soon-to-be Mayor Cornett. Candidly, he was still larger-than-life to me.
Imagine my surprise to find that Mayor Mick was just as approachable, personable and humble as the man on TV who updated me about 89ers playoff runs.
We can never really predict where life will take us, and growing up in OKC, I never could have imagined that Cornett would one day appoint me to the board that oversaw the renovation of our sports arena so it could host our NBA team.
Not a single thing about that last sentence would have made a lick of sense. Nevertheless, it turned out that Cornett wasnt put on this Earth to read me sports scores; he was put here to carry our city into a golden age.
And he has. For me, there is no other option than to re-elect Cornett on March 4.
I have been amazed at the progress he has guided us through the last few years, and I want to see where he can lead us in the next four years.
Mayor Cornett has stood for policies that have led our city to have the lowest unemployment and the highest income growth in the nation.
This is a city full of quality jobs, with more announcements every week.
This is a city that my kids will want to call home.
Our mayor is a national celebrity.
Theyve run out of awards to give him. Every time I turn around, I see him on The Ellen Degeneres Show or Fox Business News, representing our city with class.
Yet, when I get to spend time with him, hes still the down-toearth, regular guy that I trusted as a kid. Today, I trust him to carry on this remarkable renaissance. This run our city is on wont last forever, but theres no reason it has to end now. I feel thats the choice we face on March 4.
I tell everyone I know that this is the most important Oklahoma City election of my adult life. If we want to continue our citys momentum, if we want to keep building stronger neighborhoods, we better get out and vote.
Kevin S. Perry is president and CEO of Perry Publishing & Broadcasting Company based in Oklahoma City.
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