Taylor running for mayor again, Bartlett waiting on announcement

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 1/23/2013 5:17 pm Published: 1/23/2013 8:40 am

Former Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor announced she plans to run for the position again in the next election. 

FOX23 sat down with both Mayor Taylor and Mayoral candidate, Bill Christiansen about this news and what both candidates desire for our city and its future.

Taylor says she did not make the decision quickly, but instead spent long hours with her friends and family discussing the reasons why she would step back into government.

"Infrastructure, crime and education are the three things that we as a community need to come together and it has to be a community effort,” she says.

During her first term as Mayor, Taylor focused on the development of downtown with the BOK Center and the ONEOK Field ballpark. She also worked to add police officers and spent countless hours on street investment.

"I have had the opportunity to study over the last year how other cities have gotten to the top of their game, particularly in public education and that would be a priority,” she says.

Her opponent, Bill Christiansen says he welcomes her to the candidacy and looks forward to a respectful campaign. Christiansen has been a part of Tulsa’s city council for 10 years, but made the decision last year to run for Mayor.

"I had heard rumors and people had talked about it for three or four weeks, so no I wasn't really surprised,” he says.

Christiansen says part of an elected official’s job is to make sure the citizens of Tulsa feel secure, and that’s why he wants to boost public safety.

"I don't believe in my heart that we have enough police officers. I don't believe in my heart that we have enough 911 call center operators,” he says.

He says he is really looking forward to an open, transparent public debate campaign.

As for Mayor Dewey Bartlett’s future plans, he sent this statement to FOX23.

"It is too early to announce with five months remaining before the elections. Rather than focus on politics, my dedication to Tulsa will remain unchanged and I will focus on the things that have made Tulsa stronger over the last three years. It may be late next month before I make any formal announcement."

The municipal filing period to run for mayor is April 8th through the 10th -- with the general election scheduled for November 12th.

Here are Mayor Bartlett's comments about Taylor's announcement:

"I understand why people want to be mayor - Tulsa is a great city and it is a great job. Tulsa is on the right track and I am encouraged by the progress made over the last three years. Since I became mayor the business climate in Tulsa has turned around and over 14,000 new jobs have been added to our local economy. Crime rates are down and the OneTulsa philosophy is uniting our city and easing tensions within city hall. From a financial standpoint I came into office three years ago prepared to make the tough decisions in bad economic times. I was able to lead Tulsa through those difficult economic times by pairing back spending so that the city lived within its means without raising taxes. Today, the city rainy day fund holds $2 million as a result of my fiscally conservative leadership. My dedication to the city will remain unchanged despite the political undercurrents that come an go with the political seasons."

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KTorrent - 2/1/2013 9:50 AM
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Bill Christiansen all the way. He is self-made and in tune with Tulsa. A very open guy. Taylor is smug and aloof, is profoundly anti-gun as shown by her participation in Bloomberg's Mayors Against Guns, a Kaiser crony, nonaccessible, only pseudo in touch with crime issues. Bill Christiansen has depth and real experience in business on his own.

heyJJ - 1/24/2013 10:46 PM
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Lest we forget that she tried to cut the entire North side of Tulsa from voting on that penny tax for a water park on the river, claimed streets and bridges were fixed when they were not and dumped a huge financial mess when she bailed last time, vote for her you have to be kidding me

Mayor Maynot - 1/24/2013 5:00 AM
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Dewy won't be running anything but away the a team already announced his sincerity in a rousing chorus that says bill Tulsa. Sounds like more bull baiting. Pin the citizen in and lead them by the nose. Bragging about sales tax up 3.5% :-/ Duh right along with the cost of living. They don't have any real solutions to the "PrObLeMo" #8•] they're just happy to sit on their hands and blush while they collect their pay. Ray Rah Rah sis boom ba Kathy Bartlett and Bill Tulsa need to go find a small prarie cactus to cheer on. It's about time for an educated city manager to step into place to help keep Tulsa apace with time. Tulsa once the oil Capitol of the world. Thriving crossroad to the future :-| Now a roadblock to nowhere. An isolated blip for a solar powered fiber optic relay station. Yippee.

The A Team - 1/23/2013 7:04 PM
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Tulsa can't afford another term of Chambercrat Taylor the Tyrant engaging in crony capitalism masquerading as "encouraging economic development and entrepreneurship". Not to mention the threat to the personal liberty of Tulsans by the radical nanny state social engineering agenda of NYC Mayor Bloomberg she supports that would abolish the second amendment rights of law abiding Tulsans and even ban the ability of Tulsans to choose to enjoy a soda in a container larger than 16 ounces. I'll vote for someone who is self made, a veteran of the armed services who will uphold the oath to support and defend the constitution from enemies, both foreign and domestic, who will be a Mayor for all Tulsa, not just the Chambercrats. BillforTulsa.com

Mayor Maynot - 1/23/2013 6:55 PM
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This is really bad tag team wrestling.

aleman - 1/23/2013 6:43 PM
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Oh my God some more of the same from the same inbred dinosaur gene pool,shake her and Dewee up in a bag and dump 'em out you couldn't tell which is which

Unwashed Mass - 1/23/2013 3:22 PM
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I just cant wait for her to put the city in debt again and hand it off to some fool down the line.

Mayor Maynot - 1/23/2013 2:29 PM
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Hkuuhumhmgus G that's what my dog said about it. Figure it out if you can it's beyond me.

Lockandload - 1/23/2013 1:16 PM
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GGP, look at BOK.....her agreeing to pony up the Great Plains settlement even though Tulsa wasnt a party to the suit cost us big time. BOK has been ordered to pay it back. ollow the money tral. IM sure something is in the works to get that money back to BOK...

GodsGutterPunk - 1/23/2013 1:05 PM
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need to figure out why "they " and who "they " are that want her to be ,if it were up to me I look into who the top businesss were while she was office last time ,who profits from her being in office and lock them all up, the one we got now too.
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