As the 21st century began, the Republican Party began to gain traction in Oklahoma politics. This conservative party has since increased its majority in the Oklahoma Legislature, with 71 seats in the House of Representatives and 32 seats in the Senate. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party has been losing ground but still holds some influence in state politics. In Blanchard, Oklahoma, both the Republican and Democratic Parties are represented.
The City Council is composed of five members who are elected for four-year terms. Four are elected from individual geographical districts while one is elected at-large. The mayor is appointed from among these members for a two-year period. The City Council enacts municipal ordinances, resolutions, and proclamations that establish city policy and authorize all expenditures. In addition to their duties on City Council, members also serve as trustees on Blanchard Municipal Improvement Authority (BMIA).
BMIA trustees meet monthly after City Council meetings to discuss matters related to municipal improvement projects. The success of the Republican Party has been evident in local, legislative and congressional political contests. This conservative party has been gaining strength in recent years while Democrats have been losing ground. However, Oklahoma voters still divide their political allegiance by electing Democrats for local government and Republicans for national office. In conclusion, Blanchard, Oklahoma is currently represented by two major political parties: the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. The Republican Party has been gaining strength in recent years while Democrats have been losing ground.
The City Council is composed of five members who are elected for four-year terms while one member is appointed as mayor for two years.