n 2010, Dr. Mike Simulescu (“Dr. Sim”) started serving our Durant families as a pediatrician at University Medical Group. By doing so, he realized his goal of working with rural patient populations. To further that commitment to the community, he co-founded Texoma Pediatrics with Dr. Jamie Akin in 2013, located right along US-69/75 on Bryan Drive. It’s during these initial years that Dr. Simulescu developed a better understanding of the needs of Durant – from improving infrastructure to expanding job and leisure options, to not just create plans, but actually “do” – to see critical projects through to completion on time and on budget in a way that improves the quality of life for our community members.
Wanting to effect change, Dr. Sim volunteered service on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Streets and Infrastructure Task Force. During this time, the Durant Pool was renovated, improvements to city parks were made, and the new Carl Albert Park playground was completed. The Streets and Infrastructure Task Force’s work today serves as a blueprint for current and future infrastructure improvements.
Over the last 12 years, Mike has collected a wealth of knowledge from interacting with Durant neighbors on a personal, professional, and civic level. He is a Durant Youth Sports Coach, and he and his wife Marilyn are involved in multiple local organizational support and church activities. They have four children who are involved in the Durant soccer club and attend Durant Public Schools. With the encouragement of friends and families throughout our local community, Dr. Simulescu feels called to run for city council and offer a new vision for Durant that will bring increased growth, transparency, efficiency, and professionalism.
“As a father of four children, I recognize that every parent in our community wants to see the same thing…a vibrant, growing, and successful city full of opportunities. It is time to take that vision and put it to work for our citizens. As a business owner and operator, I understand budgeting, accountability, and the responsibility of providing jobs for staff. As a physician and youth sports coach, I have heard first hand the struggles that families in affording needed services, access to quality healthcare, and the need for more opportunities to succeed. Across the board, as a councilman, I will be responsive to the needs of our community and look forward to serving the citizens of Durant. I would be honored to have your vote on Tuesday, April 4.”