Micky Cook Will Not Seek Re-election to the Stillwater City Council
Ward 2 City Council Member Micky Cook said she has decided not to run for re-election. “Becoming involved as a city council member has been an invaluable education,” she said. “I think it’s time someone else should take a crack at it.”
Stillwater City Council Member Micky Cook announced today that she will not run for re-election in November.
“It has not been an easy decision,” Cook said Monday. “I’ve been on the fence about running for re-election, but decided not to for personal reasons. It really comes down to being more intentional about how I spend my time.”
Cook represented Ward 2, which includes the North Hill, part of downtown and the northeast portion of Stillwater.
“Becoming involved as a city council member has been an invaluable education,” Cook said. “I’ve put in my four years and I think it’s time someone else should take a crack at it.”
Since being elected in 2008, Cook said she tried her best to serve the people, be fiscally responsible and believes she is going out on a high note.
“There have been some things that were contentious,” Cook said, “but that comes with the territory and has not played a role in my decision not to seek re-election.”
Looking back, Cook said it’s the simple, quality-of-life issues she’s most proud to be a part of as a council member.
“It’s getting a light replaced that had been out for several years so an elderly gentleman felt comfortable walking through his neighborhood park,” Cook said. “That seems so simple, but it really helped someone out.”
Cook said she’s also proud to be a part of putting the social host and problem property ordinances in place, engaging the public in the civic process and being a member of the special events task force that will hopefully shape how the city looks at future events.
Cook also stands by her attempts to make city government “an open and transparent process.”
“There’s no doubt that I will miss it,” Cook said. “It’s been quite the experience.”
The filing period for elected positions that hold primaries ends Tuesday at 5 p.m. So far, no one has filed for the Ward 2 council seat.