|Updated: 11/14/2013 6:26 pm
||Published: 11/13/2013 3:58 pm
Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett told FOX23 he's excited and ready for another three years in office.
FOX23's Michelle Linn sat down with him and found out what his two priorities are for his next term.
Tulsa police are investigating a growing number of homicides.
"Certainly we've seen some crime problems, as you're reporting right now and the American airlines merger," said Bartlett.
Those are the two things Bartlett told FOX23 he's focused on right now.
"The announcement yesterday of American Airlines now being cleared to have its merger, I think that bodes well for Tulsa and northeast Oklahoma," he said.
He said he thinks the American Airlines maintenance base, here in Tulsa, stands to gain a lot from the merger. Job creation and economic development is one of his top concerns, along with making sure residents don't see Tulsa as a dangerous place.
"What we need to fight is the perception that we're becoming a crime ridden crime-ridden city, which we're not," he said.
Linn also asked the mayor about how negative the campaign got.
"There are reasons behind it, we feel like if we are attacked, we have to defend ourselves, and defend our self ourself in a very positive way, that's cited, and now it's done," he said.
Mayor Bartlett said the campaign went on too long, nearly a year.
He said he wants to look at changing the city charter to shorten the mayoral race to a process that lasts no longer than four months.