Oklahoma Mayoral Candidate Wants to Raise Taxes, Courts Atheist Vote

Ed Shadid

Ed Shadid (The Okie)


An Oklahoma City councilman running for mayor is campaigning on a tax hike, atheist platform and recently tweeted a photo of himself with a group of children in t-shirts emblazoned with the words "penis" and "vagina."

The Okie reports on Ed Shadid's campaign:

On September 1st, an Oklahoma atheist leader who describes himself on Twitter as the co-host of the "Oklahoma Atheists Godcast" revealed that Shadid is actively and personally courting the atheist vote.

On September 10th, in a story in The City Sentinel  headlined "Ed Shadid has new ideas for city revenue and spending," Shadid came out in support of using property tax for municipal operations, which would result in a massive property tax increase. […]

Says one longtime Oklahoma politico of Shadid’s campaign so far, "It’s as if Shadid thinks he’s running for mayor of Berkeley.  Promoting himself as the candidate for atheists and advocating property tax increases are things that I would normally consider political suicide.  I have never seen a supposedly credible candidate break so many rules of Oklahoma politics."

Shadid has since deleted the photo.