Former Chickasha Council Member Chris Ferguson will seek election to the seat left vacant by Vice Mayor J. E. Epperson this spring.
“My past experience on the city council was very rewarding. I enjoyed serving the citizens of Chickasha and I hope that they give me the opportunity to serve them for another term. I am a people person. I am customer oriented and I enjoy serving the needs of others,” said Ferguson, a 35-year-old funeral executive and director. "As a past councilman, I have worked to build a good relationship between the citizens of Chickasha and the city council. I have made myself available and have worked closely with the residents and businesses of the city.”
Ferguson was forced to vacate his previous position of council member for Ward 2 after he and his wife crossed district boundaries following the birth of a child.
"My wife and I have since had our second child and we have adapted very well," he said. “I am ready to roll my sleeves up and get back to work."
Ferguson said he always intended to return to city council, and continue the work he started years ago.
”Chickasha’s sense of community is a rare treasure in a world full of fast paced cities where people don’t even know their next door neighbors," said Ferguson. "While I was out assisting with the tornado clean up, I saw so many residents out helping one another. People who didn't even know each other were working together to rebuild."
Ferguson said he intends to work on supporting farmers markets, seasonal festivals, downtown parades and new ways to facilitate community involvement.
Water use is also a topic Ferguson would like to address.
“Providing adequate water for the needs of our city is always an area of concern,” he said. "The city is currently seeking out options for the next generation of water use. Currently the water comes from the Fort Cobb area, but with our community growth and water usage on the rise, the near one hundred year old pipe system is failing."
Ferguson was voted the Grady County's most favorite public official in 2011.
Chickasha citizen Betty Jean Ford said, "I was concerned about traffic near my house and the intersections really needed a street light. I called Chris Ferguson and today we have a street light near my house."
Ferguson and his wife, Diane have one daughter Addison, and one son Benton.