|Updated: 5/01/2013 5:17 pm
||Published: 5/01/2013 1:01 pm
The Tulsa Firefighters PAC endorsed Kathy Taylor in the mayoral election.
The Tulsa Firefighters PAC called Taylor a proven leader who is best qualified to make Tulsa a safer, more prosperous city.
Retired Tulsa firefighter and International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) District 11 Vice President Sandy McGhee said, “We believe that Kathy Taylor is clearly the best choice for Tulsa – not only in terms of her history of working to make this a safer community, but in her ability to move the entire city forward. As firefighters, we are invested in our community, and know that we will only grow and prosper if the community as a whole grows and prospers. If you look at Kathy Taylor’s record that’s what she did in her first term and she is the best choice to make that happen again.”
“We believe that her strong commitment to public safety, as well as her advocacy for firefighter and community issues, will greatly benefit all citizens of Tulsa,” he added. “We are proud to announce our support for Kathy and are looking forward to working together with her as mayor to protect Tulsans and improve the quality of life in the city of Tulsa.”
Taylor said, “These are the people we trust with our lives, and they have continuously demonstrated that they are committed to not only protecting Tulsans, but to doing all they can to have a strong, vital city. To have these people – truly our front-line heroes – give me their trust and support is tremendously humbling, and an honor. I am committed to doing the job they are supporting me to do.”
FOX23 contacted Mayor Dewey Bartlett and former city councilor and mayoral candidate Bill Christiansen about Wednesday’s announcement:
“Public safety will always be a top priority of my administration and because of that, I maintained a good working relationship with the rank and file of the Tulsa firefighters. However, I am not surprised in this political season to see the union management come out against me. I am very proud of always putting the taxpayers first and I understand why I am the only major candidate for mayor without support from the AFL-CIO and its affiliates," said Bartlett.
"I have tremendous support from the rank and file firefighters in Tulsa, OK and I have the highest regard for all of the firefighters and will continue to work with them as I will with any other city employees once I become mayor," said Christiansen.