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Meet The Candidates For Tulsa Mayor

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TULSA, OK -- Democrat Tom Adelson, Independent Mark Perkins and Republican Dewey Bartlett are in the running for Tulsa Mayor. 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."

Independent

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."

Republican

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.”

Mayoral Candidates Answer NewsOn6.com Questions

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Democrat Tom Adelson, Republican Dewey Bartlett and Independent Mark Perkins reply to a NewsOn6.com questionnaire. The three men are on the ballot for Tulsa Mayor on November 10.

 

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