Former Mayor Kathy Taylor Will Run for Another Term
Former Tulsa Mayor is adding her name to this year's election ballot. Kathy Taylor has confirmed she will seek a second term. She served as Tulsa Mayor from 2006 to 2009 before dropping out of her re-election campaign in 2009.
Bill Christiansen, former Tulsa City Councilor, announced his bid for mayor four months ago. Current Mayor Dewey Bartlett has not decided if he will seek re-election.
Former Mayor Kathy Taylor is not a stranger to city hall. In fact, she says moving the city to the One Technology Center was one of her many accomplishments.
"Making the largest investment of streets in city history -- passed by a 64% vote of people -- completing the BOK center, completing the ballpark, consolidating city buildings into one building," said Taylor.
Some say she led the city like a business, making controversial decisions like moving Drillers Ballpark downtown.
"The ballpark was not an easy thing to do, but I was confident it was a family venue we needed downtown to really make revitalization happen," said Taylor.
But Taylor dropped out of her re-election bid in 2009.
"I needed to keep my hand on the helm of the city and not be distracted by what was going to be a difficult and time consuming campaign," she said.
Bill Christiansen, a Tulsa City Councilor for 10 years, announced his bid four months ago.
"A lot of politicians run on their past history or their resume," said Christiansen. "I have a resume, but I think people want to know, 'What are you going to do for me in the future'. 'How are you going to help the city?'"
Christiansen will focus on streets, the economy, neighborhoods and public safety.
"I will tell you, having been all over the city of Tulsa in the last four months, public safety is on people's minds," said Christiansen.
He says his vision for Tulsa will come from what Tulsans have to say.
"I do think you have to have a grand view of what's good for the city, but you do have to remember who you represent," he said.
Mayor Bartlett said it is too early to announce if he will seek re-election. It may be late February before he decides. He released a statement that said, "Rather than focus on politics, my dedication to Tulsa will remain unchanged, and I will focus on the things that have made Tulsa stronger over the last three years."
This will be the first non-partisan election for Tulsa Mayor. All the candidates will be on the primary ballot without party affiliation listed. The primary is June 11th. If a candidate receives 50% of the vote in the primary, they will be declared mayor without a general election.