Mayor Dewey Bartlett and former-Mayor Kathy Taylor are headed to November’s ballot in a general election mayoral contest. Tulsa’s first nonpartisan city election has generated humor, but little lowering of partisan perspectives. In fact, the joke going around Tulsa Today’s office is the question, “So how NOT nonpartisan are you?” The feeling that Tulsans made a mistake in changing to this nonpartisan form is a growing opinion throughout the city.
Analysis: Tuesday the City of Tulsa will vote to decide who will lead the city as mayor. The three top contenders are incumbent Mayor Dewey Bartlett, former-Mayor Kathy Taylor and former-City Councilor Bill Christiansen. All are well known and, from internal polls provided to Tulsa Today from multiple sources, voter support of each candidate is not moving much despite a barrage of direct mail and broadcast advertising.
Bartlett and Christiansen both interviewed with Tulsa Today and you may read those interviews for detail on their positions, click here for Mayor Dewey Bartlett and click here for former-Councilor Bill Christiansen.
Former-mayor Kathy Taylor, despite claims of transparency and openness, failed to respond to repeated requests for an interview. Taylor has focused on limited interviews, glittering generalities and paid public pronouncements. The joke during her term was a question of how many lawyers does a lawyer need to serve as Mayor of Tulsa? The answer for Taylor didn’t matter as the Oklahoma Supreme Court set aside Taylor’s payback of tax money to the Bank of Oklahoma for the Great Plains Airline debacle – so much for competent council.