Oklahoma City – As newly elected city Councilman Bradley Carter and city councilwoman Barbara Young were sworn in today following their April 6th victories, rumors swirled online of a potential vote to end OKC’s mask mandate, which would have been an auspicious way to begin their term in office. Sadly, the mandate was removed from the agenda before either of the new city councilpersons could vote on it.
In an interview last night with Ignite Liberty, Bradley Carter explained that the proposal to end the mandate early had been removed by its authors. “Councilmen Stonecipher and Stone chose to pull it from the agenda because of lack of support,” Carter explained. “Since it was passed as an emergency, the city charter requires 7 votes to rescind the ordinance prior to its expiration date. Unfortunately, we only have 6 votes.”
Though Carter didn’t specify who exactly would have been a “no” vote, he did state that there were those on the council who wished to see the mandate extended past April 30th.
“Fortunately, doing so would require 7 votes,” Carter reassured. “Right now we have 6 votes to end the mandate on the 30th. Unless something changes, I don’t see anyway that they’re going to have the votes necessary to extend the mandate beyond the 30th.” Allowing the mandate to expire would end nearly a year of the unlawful overreach by both Mayor Holt and the City Council, a move that is unprecedented in the city’s history.
The councilmen that Carter and Young replaced, Councilmen Greiner and McAtee, respectively, were the lone long-standing opponents of the mask mandates and lockdowns imposed by the center left-leaning OKC Mayor – mandates that more and more residents and businesses of OKC are refusing to abide by.
These same policies are likely to spell the end of Mayor Holt and Councilman Stonecipher’s political careers when they run for re-election next year. Jason Padgett launched his campaign to oust Holt and return proper governance to OKC’s Chief Executive office in a rally at Quail Creek Country Club tonight. Meanwhile, Ignite Liberty has been courting potential challengers to Stonecipher, and hopes to announce his opponent by summer.