Note: A special election is Aug. 28 to fill The Ward 7 Council seat until the current four-year term ends in April 2021. The Council appointed Councilman Lee E. Cooper Jr. to serve in the interim after the previous Council member resigned.
Councilman Lee E. Cooper Jr. has served as pastor of the Prospect Missionary Baptist Church since 1987 and is a former Ward 7 Planning Commissioner. He earned a doctorate of human letters from the University of Virginia at Lynchburg in 2005.
Councilman Cooper has served as board member on the One Church One Child Advisory Board, past president of the Progressive Oklahoma Baptist State Convention and chaplain of the Oklahoma State Senate. He serves on the Education and Publication Board of the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the Southwestern Urban Development Corporation Executive Board. He was the first black member of the Capital Baptist Association Committee and the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. He is also a board member of the KIPP Reach College Preparatory School.