2 New Faces To Join The OKC City Council


Thursday, April 8th 2021, 5:03 pm
By: Karl Torp


OKLAHOMA CITY -

Two new faces will be sworn in on Tuesday to Oklahoma City's City Council.

Councilor-elect Bradley Carter will serve Ward 1 and Councilor-elect Barbara Young will serve Ward 3 for four year terms.

Carter owns coffee roasting company Grounds for Compassion at MacArthur Boulevard and NW 50th Street.

He started the business as a way of providing farmers a job in Haiti.

His company now roasts coffee from nine different countries.

“It’s something we take the proceeds from and utilize within the outreach of our community, whether that's homeless outreaches, recovery outreaches,” Carter said.

Anyone can come into Grounds for Compassion and get a free coffee and stay for a Bible study.

Carter told News 9 he and his wife prayed on the decision to run.

“It was clear to us this was the next step and what we were called to do,” said Carter about his new position.

Love’s employee Barbara Young told News 9 her Ward 3 predecessor of 20 years, Larry McAtee, asked her run for office when she inquired about serving on the MAPS 4 advisory committee.

She said fixing Ward 3’s roads is a top priority.

“Every single person I spoke with at the door was talking about the condition of the roads and how to get the amenities that some other parts of Oklahoma City have out closer to home for them,” Young said.

The first debate with Carter and Young may include whether to end Oklahoma City's mask mandate sooner than April 30.

“I am not for the mandate,” Carter said.

“It’s time for the mandate to end,” Young said.