Applications Now Open to Fill City Council Seat in Ward 5 Vacated by Sereta Wilson

· Grassroots Group Calls for Applicants to Step Up, Let Their Voices Be Heard, and Make their Positions Known · With Overwhelming 25% Support of Ward 5 in Recall Signatures Thus Far, Unite Norman Calls for the Grassroots Organization to Have a “Seat at the Table” on the Selection Committee

NORMAN — Unite Norman — the grassroots group behind the effort to recall the mayor and city council for defunding the police and not upholding the will of the people — is encouraging citizens to apply for the City Council seat in Ward 5, after the city announced today that applications are now available to backfill the position created by Sereta Wilson’s resignation. The group encouraged citizens to step forward to serve and to let their positions be know on how to unite Norman. “Our grassroots effort has made it very clear that voters here want a focus on Norman, not national politics and extreme ideologies,” said Russell Smith, co-founder of Unite Norman. “We encourage applicants to publicly make their priorities known, so the people or Norman know exactly where they stand on the issues.” Wilson’s resignation came less than two weeks after Unite Norman began circulating petitions for recall. The petition for recall was filed on Friday, July 10, and the first signatures were gathered on Saturday, July 11. In the wake of Wilson’s departure, Unite Norman says the city must unite and continue to move forward. They also say their overwhelming support qualifies them to have a seat on the Selection Committee that will appoint the replacement. “Normanites have spoken overwhelmingly and signed our petition for recall thus far with an overwhelming 25% support in Ward 5,” said Sassan Moghadam, co-founder of Unite Norman. “Therefore, Unite Norman must have a seat at the Selection Committee table, to ensure that the will of the people of Ward 5 is upheld.” More information on the application process can be found here via the city:

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