Hard­ing to seek Ward 6 seat on OKC City Coun­cil

The Oklahoman - - NEWS - Staff Writer wcrum@ok­la­homan.com BY WIL­LIAM CRUM

Nathaniel Hard­ing, a MAPS 3 ad­vi­sory board mem­ber, Afghanistan vet­eran and oil-and-gas com­pany pres­i­dent, said Wed­nes­day he will run for the coun­cil seat from cen­tral Oklahoma City’s Ward 6.

Coun­cil­woman Meg Sa­lyer an­nounced last week she will re­tire when her cur­rent term ends next year.

She was elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2011 and 2015.

Hard­ing, 36, is a mem­ber of the MAPS 3 Cit­i­zens Ad­vi­sory Board and chairs the MAPS 3 street­car sub­com­mit­tee, and is a mem­ber of the Down­town De­sign Re­view Com­mit­tee, all vol­un­teer posts.

Hard­ing said in a writ­ten state­ment that he is run­ning “be­cause every­one de­serves to live, work, and raise their fam­ily in a safe, in­clu­sive, and for­ward-think­ing com­mu­nity.”

He said in a tele­phone in­ter­view it was im­por­tant to the long-term vi­a­bil­ity of the com­mu­nity that the city and pub­lic schools col­lab­o­rate to im­prove stu­dents’ per­for­mance.

He sin­gled out pub­lic tran­sit in a broad sense — from street­cars to side­walks — and po­lice and fire ser­vices as top pri­or­i­ties.

“We all de­serve to feel safe in our com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

Hard­ing also echoed Mayor David Holt’s ex­pressed com­mit­ment to di­ver­sity in de­ci­sion­mak­ing.

“We must em­brace the power in our city’s di­ver­sity, along with our can-do spirit, to build a city that lives up to its full po­ten­tial,” he said in his state­ment.

Hard­ing was born in Nor­man.

He earned his high school diploma in 2000 from Phillips Ex­eter Academy in Ex­eter, New Hamp­shire, where he played foot­ball and hockey and ran cross­coun­try and track.

He grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Oklahoma in 2006 with de­grees in me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing and Rus­sian, and has a Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion de­gree from Oklahoma City Univer­sity.

Hard­ing and his wife, Amanda, have three chil­dren, Mag­gie, Lucy and Jack.

They at­tend St. Fran­cis of As­sisi Catholic Church in the Gate­wood neigh­bor­hood.

Hard­ing served six months with the Air Force Re­serve in a joint com­mand in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2012. He was hon­or­ably dis­charged in 2016.

Hard­ing is pres­i­dent and co-founder of An­ti­och En­ergy, which has of­fices in Brick­town.

He rep­re­sents his fam­ily’s third gen­er­a­tion in oil and gas, go­ing back to Hard­ing Brothers Oil Co. in Dal­las.

Elec­tions are early next year in Wards 2, 5, 6 and 8.

Ward 5 Coun­cil­man David Green­well and Ward 8 Coun­cil­man Mark Stoneci­pher have said they will run for re­elec­tion.

Nathaniel Hard­ing

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