Mayor Bartlett announces candidacy for re-election
BY KEVIN CANFIELD World Staff Writer
Monday, February 25, 2013
2/25/13 at 4:35 PM
Continuing coverage: Read more about the 2013 elections here.
Mayor Dewey Bartlett announced his candidacy for mayor Monday, setting in motion the third mayoral race in recent city history between a sitting mayor and a former mayor.
About 30 people attended the event.
"The reason is really pretty simple: We should stay the course," Bartlett said. "There is simply no reason to return to the past."
Former Mayor Kathy Taylor, whom Bartlett succeeded in 2009, has announced her intention to reclaim her old job and will make an official announcement Tuesday.
Former City Councilor Bill Christiansen also has announced his candidacy.
Bartlett and Christiansen are Republicans and Taylor is a Democrat — labels that mean plenty to some voters but will have no formal place in this year’s election, which is the first nonpartisan election in the city’s history.
The race could be a short one. Under the new election system, all mayoral candidates will compete in the June 11 primary. Should one of candidate get more than 50 percent of the vote, he or she will be the city’s next mayor.
Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett gives his state of the city address back in September 2012 at the Tulsa Convention Center. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World File