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Meet JoBeth

Councilwoman JoBeth Hamon believes in the power of community and connection to create positive change. She graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2012, where she received her degree in Family & Community Services. During her time at OBU, JoBeth experienced firsthand the power of grassroots efforts to create change by helping establish a community garden and regularly volunteering at a meal program for local children.

 

After graduating, JoBeth continued to explore public service by joining the Episcopal Service Corps in Chicago, IL. The Episcopal Service Corps offers opportunities for young adults to serve communities through their volunteer work and develop leadership skills through involvement in public service. As part of the Service Corps, JoBeth worked at a shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness and advocated for hunger relief with the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

During her time on City Council, JoBeth has focused her efforts on addressing the lack of affordable housing in Oklahoma City, improving bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, and increasing access for Ward 6 residents to navigate City processes through bilingual town halls and materials. 

 

JoBeth lives with her spouse Marty and their dog DJ.  She navigates Oklahoma City without a car, relying on her bike and the city’s EMBARK bus system. She also regularly volunteers at CommonWealth Urban Farms, a local urban farm dedicated to sustainability and providing alternative uses for empty lots. In her spare time JoBeth enjoys reading, cross-stitching, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Accomplishments

  • Championed funds for transit, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, and housing in MAPS 4

  • Facilitated greater accountability and transparency of City spending and contracts

  • Leading the conversation about transitioning to appropriate mental health crisis response

  • Advocated for effective public safety efforts to provide connections for residents - including violence intervention programming, social work homeless outreach teams, and A Better Way program for people panhandling.

  • Increasing access for Spanish speaking residents to access information about Ward 6 and City business through Spanish language town halls and materials.