One of the youngest mayors in the country is also one of the most dynamic and innovative. David Holt made history when he became the first Native American mayor of Oklahoma City, but it’s his ambitious agenda that’s captured national attention, including a $1.1 billion initiative (funded through a voter-approved penny increase in the sales tax) to improve transportation with more bus service and bike lanes; tackle homelessness, addiction, and domestic violence; upgrade parks; support small-business growth; and much more. Bloomberg Philanthropies, which works with mayors around the world, has been glad to support his relentless drive for innovation. He’s a rising star not only among mayors—he is a vice president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors—but in the Republican Party too. He is helping to write a promising new chapter for his city, and as he does, he’s demonstrating how the combination of ambitious plans with effective management is popular with voters in both parties.
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