state Sen. David Holt as the next mayor of Oklahoma City

Residents overwhelmingly voted for state Sen. David Holt as the next mayor of Oklahoma City in the general election Tuesday, according to preliminary results from the state and county election boards.

With almost all precincts reporting across three counties at 9 p.m., Holt led with 18,224 votes, or 78 percent. Randall Smith received 1,863 votes and Taylor Neighbors received 3,153.

By winning more than half the votes cast, Holt avoided a runoff. His term begins April 10.

Holt, who served as Mayor Mick Cornett’s chief of staff from 2006 to 2010, said he’s eager to get back to City Hall and start working. Cornett has been mayor since 2004.

“I’m very excited for the future of our city,” he said. “We built a coalition in this campaign that will carry the city forward. The campaign was not to win an election; it was to write the next chapter in the city’s history.”

Smith and Neighbors could not be reached for comment.

Neighbors, a University of Oklahoma junior, reported to City Hall that she had raised $3,200 for her campaign. Smith, an accountant, did not report any fundraising. Holt raised $437,000, according to public records.

Holt was elected to the state Senate in 2010. He is managing director of investor relations at Hall Capital and a licensed attorney.

Holt and his wife, Rachel, have two children and are members of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church. Holt is a member of the Osage Nation.

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