City Council Ward 4
Dear Ward 4 Friends,
Most of my neighbors are busy this time of the year, so let me get right to the point. I am asking for your support and vote in the upcoming City Council Ward 4 race. The primary will be February 8th and the run off if necessary will be April 5th. The incumbent, Lee Hall, known for her hard work and attention to detail has decided not to run for a second term. Let me wish her well in her future endeavors.
Throughout my life, I have believed in and actively been a public servant. A 40 year career as a licensed Psychologist in Oklahoma and Norman, has given me many opportunities to work with and serve Oklahoman citizens.
I am part of a five generation Oklahoma family and I see serving on the City Council as a new opportunity to contribute to my community. I have two daughters, three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren who motivate me to seek a new way to give to our beautiful Norman community. We all enjoy our hometown and wonderful University. For the last four years, I have chaired the Senior Center Ad hoc Committee and recently saw the results of years of hard work by many people pay off! A ground breaking ceremony was held to begin the building of our 12.5 million dollar facility in 2023.
Actively staying involved during this difficult Pandemic has been a challenge for all of us, but I’ve been able to volunteer my time by:
• Hosting a weekly radio show focused on mental wellness information
• Offering psychological care by zoom
• Supporting my Rotary club by planning a school garden at a Norman elementary school
• Serving on the Norman Mental Health committee
• Teaching at the OU Life Long Learning program
• Serving as a supervisor for the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Psychologist
We have grieved the loss of many in our Norman families this last year from this virus. NOW we must move forward with new energy for our Norman Forward projects. It’s an exciting and positive time for our community!
I believe we can actively support our police and yet find new ways to meet the needs of those who struggle with mental and physical health issues, the homeless and our LGBTQ neighbors. We are a wonderful, diverse community and each person deserves equal support in our City.
As leaders, we must do all that we can to protect our environment and especially find new ways to deal with our challenging, complex water issues.
In closing, as a successful small business owner for the last 40 years, I know the challenges of being financially responsible, especially with public money. Many said that we could not get the Senior Center fully funded, but we did!
I ask for your support as I run for Ward 4 City Council, so that I can work to provide progressive, financially responsible, steady leadership as we move into the exciting future of Ward 4 and Norman.
Dr. Gale L Hobson