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Tulsa Mayoral Candidates Make Last Minute Push

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The candidates for Tulsa top leadership position are making a final push before Tuesday's election. The candidates for Tulsa top leadership position are making a final push before Tuesday's election.
Democrat Tom Adelson hopes to be making his victory speech Tuesday, November 10. Democrat Tom Adelson hopes to be making his victory speech Tuesday, November 10.
Republican Dewey Bartlett, Jr. is confident that he will be Tulsa's next mayor. Republican Dewey Bartlett, Jr. is confident that he will be Tulsa's next mayor.

By Chris Wright, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- Tulsa's mayoral candidates are making a final push for votes. Both Dewey Bartlett and Tom Adelson were out doing some last-minute campaigning Saturday.

The candidates said they are confident heading into Tuesday, but until then, will take advantage of every opportunity to drum up support.

Adelson spent Saturday morning at a Hmong New Year Celebration in East Tulsa. He said he is proud of the campaign he's run.

"It's just been a wonderful day to learn about their culture, experience their food, and about to go sit in on their ceremony," Adelson said.

Adelson also took the opportunity to assess his campaign as the election day nears.

"We've run a campaign to communicate a positive vision for Tulsa. It takes more than a famous name to run a city. I offer leadership, grit, competence, a record of getting things done, and I think authenticity," Adelson said.

Bartlett spent his day going door to door in South Tulsa, making a last-minute pitch to voters. He said going door to door is the best way to reach voters who may still be undecided.

"Everybody needs to come out and vote for Dewey Bartlett. It's a very simple message, but it's very direct and very effective," Bartlett said.

Now both candidates said they will take advantage of every last opportunity to impress voters.

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"I'm ready. It does take a serious person who has the experience, and that's what I offer," Adelson said.

And each sounds confident heading into Tuesday.

"I'm extremely confident," Bartlett said. "I really believe we've got terrific organization. We've gotten our message out very well. People can see the difference between myself and the other candidates."

The News On 6 was not able to get in touch with independent candidate Mark Perkins Saturday afternoon.

For those who can't vote Tuesday, early voting for those who qualify continues Monday.

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