Mayor Dewey Bartlett wins re-election
|Updated: 11/12/2013 11:19 pm
||Published: 11/12/2013 8:13 pm
Mayor Dewey Bartlett has won a 2nd term as mayor of Tulsa.
Former Mayor Kathy Taylor conceded the election to Bartlett just after 8 p.m. Tuesday. The race was one of the longest campaigns in Tulsa history.
FOX23 was live with Dewey Bartlett as the votes were tallied and Bartlett heard the news that he would indeed be re-elected as Tulsa's mayor. FOX23 spoke with Bartlett directly about what this means to him.
Bartlett told FOX23 that he felt confident and good about how things are going. He told us this afternoon he felt confident and that confidence carried him through this evening.
Bartlett said that he believed that Tulsa's economic development and boost in jobs helped secure the reelection. He said that it was a difficult and at times, rough campaign, but says that he feels confident about getting back to work tomorrow morning.
The mayor thanked his family on stage and Sen. Jim Inhofe called him while he was on stage, saying that he wished him well. Given the death of the senator's son in a recent plane crash, the mayor said he was humbled and thankful for the call.
The Tulsa Regional Chamber released the following statement about the election:
"The Chamber congratulates each of the mayoral candidates on a hard-fought race. This race was significant as the City of Tulsa plays a vital role in the economic fortitude of northeast Oklahoma. Mayor Bartlett has been a steadfast partner in our economic development efforts and we look forward to continuing our work with his administration and the hard-working City of Tulsa staff over the next four years to ensure our region's future economic vitality."
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