|Updated: 11/06/2013 4:44 pm
||Published: 11/06/2013 4:42 pm
Former mayoral candidate and former city councilor Bill Christiansen announced he is formally endorsing Kathy Taylor for mayor.
He said he believes she is the most qualified candidate to lead the city. Christiansen, a conservative Republican, ran against Taylor and current Mayor Dewey Bartlett in the primary election June 11.
“On Sept. 19, I stood up and said I couldn’t support Dewey Bartlett for mayor because of his fiscal irresponsibility and lack of accountability and transparency,” said Christiansen, “Sadly, since I made that statement, we have seen that irresponsibility and lack of accountability become much worse – his refusal to address the over $5 million deficit is just the latest example of his inability to lead our city.”
After hearing continued news of the budget crisis, rising crime rates and the green waste cover up by City Hall, Christiansen said he decided it was time to formally announce his support.
“Tulsans deserve better,” he said. “We deserve a mayor who will be a strong leader when we have challenges like the budget crisis, our soaring crime rate, or even figuring out how to provide basic services like pick up our trash without lying to us or charging us for something we aren’t getting.”
Taylor said she was honored to have the support of Bill Christiansen. “No one knows better than I do what it means to make decisions based on a person and the issues for which they stand, instead of what is popular with a political party. It takes courage and it takes integrity.”