BY World's Editorial Writers
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
10/20/09 at 4:17 AM
The Tulsa World has thrown its support to businessman David Patrick in each of his half dozen races for the District 3 City Council seat. In the past two years, Patrick's done nothing to change our minds. He clearly is the best choice, and deserves re-election.
What sets Patrick, running as an independent, apart from former Councilor Roscoe Turner, a Democrat, is Patrick's positive and conciliatory attitude. This is an elected official who clearly enjoys his job and understands not only his own diverse constituency, but also the needs of the entire city.
Tulsa City Councils aren't always consistent in quality and ability; sometimes they lack focus and a sense of direction. Whenever that ship's become unsteady, Patrick's added ballast.
Over the past year, Tulsa has endured, and could continue to face, crushing revenue shortfalls. Money will have to be spent wisely and difficult choices made.
Patrick's been able to work with other councilors, Republican and Democrat alike. Patrick, whose family has operated an auto service in northeast Tulsa for many years, is blessed with an abundance of common sense. He also is a quick study.
Turner, in his couple of terms on the council, did not cover himself with glory. He was among a handful of councilors in past years who participated in rancorous, contrarian and sometimes even embarrassing spectacles that served no good purpose.
Patrick, with his proven track record, is a welcome voice of reason. He's not a grand-stander.
Every single vote in this race is important. Typically, the match-ups between Patrick and Turner are very close affairs because of low voter turnout. Republican Karl Hulcher also is in the race.
District 3 voters, Republican, Democrat and independent alike, should be eager to return David Patrick to City Hall on Nov. 10.