Candidates For Tulsa Mayor Meet For Economic Forum - - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - |

Candidates For Tulsa Mayor Meet For Economic Forum

Posted: Updated:
Mayor Dewey Bartlett and Kathy Taylor at the economic forum Wednesday night. Mayor Dewey Bartlett and Kathy Taylor at the economic forum Wednesday night.
TULSA, Oklahoma -

The two candidates for Tulsa mayor talked the economic development Wednesday night in a forum on the TU campus.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett and former Mayor Kathy Taylor started the proceedings with a peaceful handshake, before they got down to business.

News On 6 anchor Terry Hood moderated the forum, hosted by Tulsa home builders, realtor and architect associations.

One big area of discussion was how the candidates plan to keep water in the Arkansas River.

"At the end of the day, it's going to take local people, City of Tulsa, in my opinion, the citizens of Tulsa to get very involved once again to finally get water in the river," Bartlett said. "The Gathering Place that we will soon, in a few years, is going to be a great example of what it will look like."

10/7/2013 Related Story: New Budget Shortfall Hot Topic With Tulsa Mayoral Candidates

In recent months, downtown has become a popular place for people to hang out and live, so candidates were asked how they plan to boost retail in downtown, which would include building a grocery store.

"We need to continue to keep that up and continue to make sure that, truly, downtown becomes a neighborhood with additional residential, and I believe that, after we have additional residential, I know that retail will continue to follow," Taylor said.

"Whatever we can do to encourage retail is very important, so we hired a retail specialist," Bartlett said.

Another hot topic was the city's crime rate.

This year, Tulsa has had 53 homicides, including four of the city's most notorious, the quadruple murder at Fairmont Terrace Apartments.

The candidates laid out their plans to reduce the crime rate.

"It's strengthening the number of police," Taylor said, before taking a dig at her opponent. "I did not lay off 124 police officers. I had more police on the streets than we do today."

"We have a great relationship with the U.S. Marshall's Office and the FBI, so we are able to collaboratively approach crime solving, as we'll as getting people off the streets that deserve to be behind bars," Bartlett said.

In closing arguments, Taylor said she plans to get back to the basics by creating an environment that will bring more jobs to Tulsa.

Bartlett argued that the city should avoid changing leadership, so that the current administration can continue to get things done.

Both candidates will square off again on November 5, 2013, on "Six In The Morning."

Special Features

Community Calendar

Find out what's going on around town and submit events!


See it! Shoot it! Send it! Share your weather pics and videos with!

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Mobile Alerts

Get breaking news, headlines, weather alerts & more on your cell phone.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Cold Case

    Join Lori and local homicide detectives as they search for Cold Case clues.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

  • Turnpike Timelines

    View a historical road map of Oklahoma's turnpike system.

Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Oklahoma's Own is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Tulsa's Own and Green Country's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.