1983 - Patrice Douglas announces for Mayor
Monday, January 19, 2009
Posted by: Katy Watson
Citing the need for strong leadership and vision, Patrice Douglas announced last week her candidacy for Edmond Mayor.
“I have a passion to serve Edmond and a desire to make a difference. This is my home and where we choose to raise our family, and I enjoy serving my friends and neighbors."
"We face real challenges as a growing suburb that values its quality of life. We need to strengthen the building blocks of our great community; police and fire protection, safe streets, quality jobs, enhanced parks and arts. Our small businesses should be allowed to thrive amidst neighborhoods that are safe and beautiful."
Douglas started her career practicing law for 13 years, a decade of it at the Oklahoma Supreme Court. She left to join the family business, ACP Sheet Metal Company, where she learned her business skills from her father. She served as the company's Vice President and General Counsel.
“Growing up as the daughter of a small businessman, I understand what it takes to make a payroll and to make ends meet. In these tough economic times, Edmond needs a reasonable leader who has common sense, and knows when government should step in and lend a hand and when it should back off. Without question, we need a leader with the energy and desire to lead us into the future, and that's why I am announcing today for Mayor.”
In 2004, Douglas joined SpiritBank to lead the bank's efforts in Edmond and was promoted to President of the Greater OKC Market. She now has the honor of leading the commercial team in Edmond for First Fidelity Bank as Executive Vice President.
Giving back to her community is an integral part of her life. Following the example of her mother, Claudette Dills, who was recently named as part of “100 Women Making A Difference” for Edmond, Douglas serves on the Board of Directors for U R Special.
She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Edmond Chamber of Commerce as chairman of the Governmental Relations Committee.
In addition, she was appointed by Governor Keating to serve as the Vice-Chairman of the Task Force on Early Childhood Education. She led efforts to create the Oklahoma Partnership for Early Childhood Education and served as its first Chairman. She also serves as a Commissioner for the Department of Human Services and as a former member of the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation.
Douglas has been involved in the Edmond community for more than 20 years now. She recently completed serving her second term on the Edmond Economic Development Authority, and four years ago, was elected its Chairman. In 2005, she was the Trustee of the Year for the Edmond Economic Development Authority. Douglas is a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class XVII and Leadership Oklahoma City Class XIX. She has three times been a finalist for the Journal Record Woman of the Year.
Douglas attended Oklahoma Christian University, majoring in Management Information Systems, and obtained her law degree from the University of Oklahoma. She is proud of her husband of 20 years, Brent, and her two sons, Patrick, 14 and Phillip, 11.