David Holt, a citizen of the Osage Nation, won election as mayor of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on February 13, 2018. Photo: Holt for Mayor

Osage Nation citizen wins election as mayor in Oklahoma's largest city

David Holt, the newly-elected mayor of Oklahoma's largest city, is a citizen of the Osage Nation.

Holt, a Republican, defeated two opponents in a primary election on February 13. Since he secured more than 50 percent of the vote -- a whopping 78.18 percent, to be exact -- he will be sworn in as the chief executive of Oklahoma City on April 10.

"Osage Nation actively supported David Holt in his campaign. Congratulations David!" Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear wrote in a Facebook post on Osage News, the tribe's official newspaper.

Holt will be the first Native American to serve as mayor of Oklahoma City, where about 3.5 percent of the population is American Indian and Alaska Native. His term will run for four years.

"I am Osage! Proud to be first American Indian Mayor of OKC," Holt wrote in a post on Twitter after the election.

For the last seven years, Holt has served in the Oklahoma State Senate.

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