Business owner Torvi shows up for Ward 6 | New
The owner of a local construction company has announced his candidacy for the seat of Norman City Council in Ward 6, promising voters to restore police funding and spur economic growth.
A supporter of Unite Norman, Torvi Construction owner Alexander W. Torvi knocked on doors during the recall petition campaign to oust odd city councilors and Mayor Breea Clark in August 2020. The group took action. formed following a council vote on June 16, 2020, to reallocate nearly $ 1 million from the Norman Police Department’s proposed budget increase and direct the money to community programs and a post of municipal auditor.
Although Torvi did not report any experience in city administration or in city councils, it would not be Torvi’s first experience of civic duty. He served on an advisory board for Mid-America’s Tech Centers from 2017-2020, is secretary of the board of directors for his neighborhood owner association, and joins the Norman Citizens Police Academy, which begins Monday.
Torvi called public safety a “big issue” in his decision to run for council.
If elected, Torvi plans to run for a second term.
âIt’s not my goal to make a career out of it, but I like to work things out when I have the capacity to do it. I don’t want to limit it to two years. I want to do this as long as it takes, “he said.
Torvi in ââ2008 started Torvi Construction in Moore. He and his wife Suzanne for 32 years moved to Norman in 2016 to be closer to their family. His business is primarily used in the renovation, construction of flooring and general construction of home renovations.
Torvi said his experience as a small business owner in Moore and Norman has revealed differences in what it’s like to start a business in this town. He hopes to explore measures to make the city more competitive for economic growth, he said.
âI think we need an entrepreneurial person on the board to be able to understand all the different issues that arise for development projects,â Torvi said. “
The economic opportunity âfor all residentsâ is another issue he hopes to focus on if elected.
âI think commercial jobs – you don’t focus enough on them. There is a large percentage of high school students who feel out of place at university, âhe said. âI want opportunities for everyone. Children need to know that they have a chance to succeed even if they don’t go to college.
During the recall petition campaign, Torvi also heard from residents who fear that the city’s history of flat or minimal growth in sales tax revenue could translate into lower utilities. Oklahoma is the only state in the country whose cities depend solely on sales tax to finance their operations.
“Many residents are worried that the city is not in a position to take up its responsibilities,” he recalled. âEconomic growth is a huge concern. “
Higher education was not a path chosen by Torvi and he said he hoped there were ways to involve the city in partnerships with career technology centers and small business growth in order to keep Norman students in the city after graduation.
While residents who have supported Unite Norman’s efforts made their voices heard in Torvi, he said he would listen and represent everyone, no matter what the issue.
âI’ve always been told I was a good listener,â he says. âWe all have a civic duty to serve our neighbors, even those who disagree with you.
If Torvi wins the election, he risks being moved out of his neighborhood if council passes the new reassignment committee neighborhood boundaries. The new limits will not impact the February 2022 elections, meaning Torvi would be allowed to serve his two-year term.
Torvi said he plans to run for a second term regardless of what neighborhood he lives in once the boundaries are adopted.
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