Bartlett: "We never quit"

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Updated: 6/12/2013 8:32 am Published: 6/11/2013 11:49 pm

Supporters were still lingering at Bartlett’s watch party Tuesday night.

Unofficial results from the Oklahoma State Election board show Bartlett will face off a gains former Mayor Kathy Taylor in November. Taylor received 41.4 percent of the votes and Bartlett received 34.6 percent votes. Former City Councilor Bill Christiansen came in third with 23.4 percent of the vote.

Bartlett supporters gathered at the former City Hall that is now the Aloft Hotel to watch the votes come in.

Around 8:30 p.m., Bartlett came in with loud cheers from supporters. In his five-minute speech,  he thanked supporters, his family and first lady Victoria Bartlett.

However, he also made room to make some jabs at Taylor who he says outspent by three to one.

"My opponent tried to get 50 percent and it didn't happen did it," said Bartlett.

Had Taylor earned more than 50 percent of the votes she would return to the post after leaving for a term where Bartlett has held the office for four years.

"We never quit, we never quit. No matter how big the mountain," said Bartlett.

Next year's proposed budget is set for more than $700 million.
After his victory speech, Bartlett told FOX23 News he his track record is consistent and successful.

"This really is the opportunity for Tulsans to have continual leadership of success for the first time in ten or twelve years and now we have that opportunity," said Bartlett.

During the day, he told councilors he would like to include two police academies to the budget by adding more than 40 new officers to the force. This would amend councilor proposals by hiking parking fines from 50 cents an hour to $1 an hour.

Councilor will approve a budget by June 30. 

The general election is Nov. 12.

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