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Meet The Candidates For Tulsa Mayor

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TULSA, OK -- With 18 candidates in the running for Tulsa mayor, the voter may need some assistance in making an informed decision in the Tuesday, Sept. 8 primary. NewsOn6.com sent questionnaires to all the candidates in the election and received replies from 13 of the 18.

We asked for a brief biographical sketch including educational and work experience. Has the candidate held any political offices in the past?

And finally, each candidate was asked two questions to describe what they hope to bring to the city's top leadership position.

  1. What are the top two to three problems facing Tulsa at this time, and what will your administration do to address these issues?
  2. What makes you the best qualified to fill the position you are seeking?

Their answers are below.

Democrats

Tom Adelson

Tom Addelson
Biographical information:
The 44-year-old Adelson is currently the Oklahoma State Senator for District 33. An attorney, he received his Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford University and his law degree at Southern Methodist University. He is married with four children.
Political experience:
State Senator since 2004 and served as the Oklahoma Secretary of Health from 2003-04.
Political affiliation:
Democrat
Web site:
www.adelsonformayor.com
Candidate on major issues facing Tulsa:
Maintain and improve streets, roads and other infrastructure; insure public safety, “for instance combating and targeting gangs and the violently resurgent meth crisis; continue and expand ongoing efforts and progress in modernizing city government. Adelson’s long-term priorities include eliminating “the lose-lose competition for tax base between county and city governments,” encouraging sustainable green development in both commercial and residential spheres, and working closely with area superintendents and school boards for needed educational reforms.
Candidate on his or her qualifications:
"I listen, I work hard, and I am persistent. I am thorough in gathering the information necessary to make good decisions and am willing to consider every issue from a number of viewpoints. Every piece of legislation that I have passed has had a co-author from across the aisle."

Robert Gwin

Robert Gwin
Biographical information:
Tulsa resident since 1974, associates degree in accounting from Tulsa Junior College and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Northeastern State University. Employed as sales manager at Kum & Go. Gwin is 36 and resides with his elderly father.
Political experience:
Gwin has run for Tulsa City Council four times and for Mayor two times as Republican. This is his first time to run on the Democratic ticket.
Political affiliation:
Democrat
Web site:
None listed.
Candidate on major issues facing Tulsa:
“The focus of my campaign will be to one, revitalize north Tulsa, adding jobs and helping to lessen crime and make it a positive place for all; two… to fully fund our police and fire departments but making cuts in the city budget that need to be made.” “To put the city council in its place by reaffirming the fact they are a part-time council not nine co-mayors.”
Candidate on his or her qualifications:
“My degrees in business and 20 plus years in customer service working with the people in Tulsa have given me a uniue experience to handle people and give them what they want, without breaking the bank.”

Paul Tay

Paul Tay
Biographical information:
Tulsa resident with Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physics from the University of Oklahoma. Forty-seven-year-old business development associate in Outdoor Mobile Advertising.
Political experience:
Two time mayoral candidate and two-time Tulsa City Council candidate. Bicycle transportation lobbyist from 1997 to present.
Political affiliation:
Democrat
Web site:
www.cafepress.com/makelifesimple
Candidate on major issues facing Tulsa:
“Over 2,500 overweight City employees straining the budget with skyrocketing healthcare costs. Increase financial incentives to encourage City employees to lead healthier lifestyles. On overspending: “Divest Tulsa Transit to save $10 million. Encourage public enterprise transit.” Need for new revenue: “Increase in-fill development…renegotiate water contracts to return more than $500 million over 40 years back into General Fund.”
Candidate on his or her qualifications:
“No other candidate has my unique life experiences in the transportation sector, with a scientific background, and in the U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidate School.”

Independents

Mark Perkins

Mark Perkins
Biographical information:
The 30-year-old Perkins is an attorney and small business owner. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Political experience:
None listed.
Political affiliation:
Independent
Web site:
www.markfortulsa.com
Candidate on major issues facing Tulsa:
"My primary focus will be on public safety, infrastructure, education and economic development. I will detail my ideas and solutions at special events throughout the campaign season."
Candidate on his or her qualifications:
"I have the energy and experience to serve the City of Tulsa. I have the humility to listen, the judgment to make good decisions, the wisdom to distinguish healthy debate from politics, and the vision to lead Tulsa beyond the status quo and into a more safe, healthy and prosperous future."

Republicans

Dewey Bartlett, Jr.

Dewey Bartlett, Jr.
Biographical information:
President of Keener Oil & Gas Co., the 52-year-old Barlett has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Regis College in Denver and a Master’s Degree in Finance from Southern Methodist University. He is married with three children.
Political experience:
Tulsa City Councilor from District 9 for two terms (1990 – 1994). Serves or has served in numerous Board positions including the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, Grand River Dam Authority, Oklahoma Energy Resource Board, American Red Cross and Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association.
Political affiliation:
Republican
Web site:
www.deweybartlett.com
Candidate on major issues facing Tulsa:
“Public safety is my number one priority. In the midst of the fiscal crisis, Tulsa must prioritize public safety and have strong police and fire protection." Barlett’s other two priorities are growing the economy by attracting business to Tulsa and improving infrastructure. “I will make Tulsa more efficient by using external audits to identify ways to save taxpayer dollars. This will help us find the resources necessary to get the basics right, such as fixing and maintaining our roads.”
Candidate on his or her qualifications:
Bartlett points to his 30 years of business experience and leadership roles in business and civic organizations. “It is time we have a mayor that can lead and make Tulsa more competitive in the world, a leader that can make our government less wasteful and more efficient.”

Kevin Boggs

Kevin Boggs
Biographical information:
The 51-year-old Boggs is a Nathan Hale graduate who completed broadcasting school and two Bible schools. He has taken some courses at Tulsa Junior College in the legal assistant program and accounting. Other job experiences include radio announcer and delivery manager. He currently works as an on-road dispatch manager for Federal Express. He is married.
Political experience:
None listed.
Political affiliation:
Republican
Web site:
www.kevingboggs.net
Candidate on major issues facing Tulsa:
Boggs says his top priorities for the city of Tulsa are to restore lost wages of city employees caused by the current city furloughs and quality development for all areas of Tulsa. In addition, he wants "safer streets to also include outreaches to the youth needing help with education, job skill training and counseling to deal with life skills."
Candidate on his or her qualifications:
"I see how money and special interest groups have been pushing candidates and their own interests above the citizens of Tulsa. As mayor my heart will be to make all of Tulsa better. It's time for a new direction - a better direction."

Anna Falling

Anna Falling
Biographical information:
The 40-year-old Edison High School graduate received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Tulsa and a Master’s of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University. Falling is the Executive Director of Tulsa County WORCS (Work Opportunity Recovery Centers). She is married with one child.
Political experience:
Served as a Tulsa City Councilor from 1998 to 2000.
Political affiliation:
Republican
Web site:
www.annafalling.com
Candidate on major issues facing Tulsa:
“Bringing Tulsa’s churches into City Hall to receive training and equipping, then activating them in Tulsa’s schools, neighborhoods, jails and low-income housing areas to restore wholeness to the community and lower city costs associated with each.” Other priorities are lowering tax and utility rates to encourage businesses to relocate to Tulsa and developing infrastructure in all parts of Tulsa to encourage business growth. “Accidental growth is rare; we must plan.”
Candidate on his or her qualifications:
Falling points to the thousands of lives she has seen restored by partnering churches, businesses, ministries and agencies through an organization she formed with her husband, Cornerstone Assistance Network. “Taking this core transformational process to the City of Tulsa level, I can see a community with much lower crime, better schools, fewer jail inmates, more vibrant parks, improved neighborhoods and a better served senior population.”

Chris Medlock

Chris Medlock
Biographical information:
The 51-year-old Medlock has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Northeastern State University and a graduate degree in Business from the University of Tulsa. In addition to his business career, Medlock has been a talk radio host for 1170 KFAQ AM. He and his wife have raised two children. He has also taught dog obedience lessons and showed his own dogs in obedience competitions.
Political experience:
Tulsa City Councilor from 2003-2006.
Political affiliation:
Republican
Web site:
www.medlockformayor.com
Candidate on major issues facing Tulsa:
“I want to return transparency and openness to Tulsa city government, establish a strong working relationship with the City Council, recruit people with fresh ideas for city’s authorities, boards and commissions.” He also plans to focus “on the 98% of Tulsa that is not downtown.”
Candidate on his or her qualifications:
Medlock notes that he has the most recent experience with city government, having left the council about three years ago. “I dealt with Tulsa’s current budget problems. I know Tulsa as it is, not as it was. In addition, being a resident outside of midtown, I will bring a fresh perspective to city government as I understand what it is like to live and work in those areas that have not been getting the city’s full attention.

David Lee O’Connor

David Lee O'Connor
Biographical information:
Tulsa resident with work done toward Degree in Business Administration. O’Connor is 57, served in the United States Army for 23 years and currently works as a truck driver. A Vietnam veteran.
Political experience:
Membership in Tulsa Republican Assembly, Republican Men’s Club and founder of Citizens For Free And Clean Government.
Political affiliation:
Republican
Web site:
None listed.
Candidate on major issues facing Tulsa:
Security on the streets: “We cannot get business to come here when they are afraid of the gangs and violence. Must put this first in our budget.” Neighborhoods: “I believe we need to assign parks to be maintained by neighborhoods and pay them to keep them up.” Reduce debt: “I propose to return Vision 2025 and 4 To Fix money back to the people. This would stimulate the sales tax revenue base by getting more money for the citizens to spend. Hire citizens in Tulsa to start up our own streets department and no more contractors. Thus a better job because of citizen pride and cutting cost on contractual financial readjustments going upward with outside contractors.”

Paul Alan Roales

Paul Roales
Biographical information:
The 54-year-old Roales moved to Tulsa in 1969 and has been a full-time resident of Tulsa since 1982. He is a retired Petroleum Geologist who graduated from the University of Idaho (Master’s Degree) and University of Illinois (Bachelor’s Degree).
Political experience:
None.
Political affiliation:
Republican
Web site:
None listed.
Candidate on major issues facing Tulsa:
More police and fire on the streets, neighborhood improvements and, “the rescheduling of city employees furloughs so they are not all taken on the same day so city offices could remain open instead of needing to close. Obviously two of these would cost money. I would raise additional funds by increasing the Hotel tax and opening city lands to oil and gas exploration and thus obtaining bonus money and royalties.”
Candidate on his or her qualifications:
“I am not part of the ‘in crowd’ and would work for the average citizen and not the politicians or big businesses.”

Michael Lee Rush

Michael Rush
Biographical information:
Rush is a 41-year old accounting manager at Electrical Power Systems Inc. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration (Accounting) from Langston University. Rush is married with two children.
Political experience:
None.
Political affiliation:
Republican
Web site:
http://members.cox.net/mlrush/
Candidate on major issues facing Tulsa:
Infrastructure: "I feel that the quality of our infrastructure...is one of the most important issues for the Mayor of Tulsa. When I talk about infrastructure, I'm talking about not only roads, mass transit, and public safety, but also things like systems of communication, schools, and the quality of our children's education. By working together and effectively communicating at all levels, we can best determine the needs of our people and the means necessary to meet those needs." Economy: "At a time when workers are being laid off left and right and companies, big and small, are being forced to close their doors, our city government should not be concerning itself with luxuries like new ballparks and expensive office buildings. Luxuries for the few should not come at the expense of essentials for the many."
Candidate on his or her qualifications:
"As an accounting manager, I have gained a great deal of experience in working with budgets and have maintained a very high level of integrity and accuracy. I believe that my combination of experience and strong ethics, along with proven problem solving skills and an ability to get results are just what is needed in the position of Mayor of Tulsa."

Norris Streetman

Norris Streetman
Biographical information:
Tulsa resident who attended Memorial High School, Tulsa Junior College and Oklahoma State University. Streetman is a 53-year-old real estate broker specializing in merger and acquisitions of car washes.
Political experience:
None listed.
Political affiliation:
Republican
Web site:
www.streetmanformayor.com
Candidate on major issues facing Tulsa:
On crime: “I want to introduce a program called Neighborhood Way States where the neighborhood associations use foreclosed vacant houses, where safety is promoted in high crime areas, with a partnership with law enforcement. Streets: “With the street program known as fix the street, a total of $451,000,000 is allocated to this problem, even though an independent citizen panel recommended a expenditure of $1.6 billion. Yes, in order for a contractor to get the job he has to be the lowest bidder, however, I would like to look a little closer on how the contractor does his job.” On jobs: “Let’s be promoting Tulsa as the place to live and do business.”
Candidate on his or her qualifications:
“My business ventures have put me in close contact and in worthwhile relationships with others. My communication and people skills have helped contribute to my clients’ best interests.”

John P. Todd

Biographical information:
Todd, age 51, has a Master of Divinity from Oral Roberts University and a Doctorate of Divinity degree from Bethel Graduate School. He is a Vietnam veteran who is a minister and author. He is also a history buff.
Political experience:
None.
Political affiliation:
Republican
Web site:
None listed.
Candidate on major issues facing Tulsa:
The candidate lists Tulsa's "really bad roads" as the top problem. His proposed solution: "Fix them. I will do it myself! I have a shovel in the back of my car. That's a promise."
Candidate on his or her qualifications:
“I will listen and encourage and work with people. I built roads in the military in Viet Nam. I fought through napalm and bullets fixing roads. I am tired of my car being shaken to pieces. Are you?”

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