BY Staff Reports
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
2/20/13 at 2:30 AM
Leighty throws support to Taylor's bid for mayor
Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission member Bill Leighty announced Tuesday that he will not run for Tulsa mayor.
Leighty, an outspoken critic of Mayor Dewey Bartlett who previously had said he was leaning toward joining the race, said Tuesday that he will instead support former Mayor Kathy Taylor's candidacy.
"Kathy Taylor has the leadership skills, the experience and the tireless work ethic we need to reach our destiny as a great American city," he said in a statement. "We need a change in direction in order to seize the opportunities before us and get back on track by leveraging our assets and maximizing our potential."
Leighty, a real estate agent, said he believes that he can best serve the city by continuing his role with the Planning Commission and as a member of the Transportation Advisory Board.
Taylor and former City Councilor Bill Christiansen are the only announced mayoral candidates so far. Bartlett, who has said he is still considering running for another term, has filed the paperwork necessary to do so.
The filing period is scheduled for April 8-10.
- ZACK STOYCOFF World Staff Writer
Special election set for County Commission seat
The special primary election for the District 3 Tulsa County Commission seat occupied by Fred Perry will be held June 11, according to an executive proclamation issued Tuesday by Gov. Mary Fallin.
Perry announced last week that he will retire effective July 8, citing health issues. His term expires Dec. 31, 2014.
Perry recommended that Fallin make the County Commission election dates the same as those already in place for the city of Tulsa mayoral election.
Fallin did just that, setting the County Commission special primary election for June 11 and the special general election for Aug. 13. If the special primary election is not needed, the special general election would be held June 11.
Under the city's new nonpartisan election process, the mayoral primary will be held June 11, the primary runoff - if needed - Aug. 13 and the general election Nov. 12.
The filing dates for County Commission candidates are the same as for mayoral hopefuls: April 8-10.
Two former state legislators, John Wright and Ron Peters, both Republicans, have expressed interest in running for Perry's seat.
- KEVIN CANFIELD, World Staff Writer