Voters respond to mayoral forum


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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 6/06/2013 10:10 pm Published: 6/06/2013 9:41 pm


Tulsa voters filled a room at Tulsa Community College Center for Creativity to listen to the 2013 Tulsa Mayoral Forum. The hour-long debate featured Mayor Dewey Bartlett, former Tulsa City Councilor Bill Christiansen and former Mayor Kathy Taylor.

Some of the voters told FOX23 that they have already decided on which candidate they will vote for in the primary while others are undecided.

Prior to the forum,  voters told FOX23 reporter Brittany Jeffers that they had certain topics that had hoped would be addressed during the forum.

One Tulsan said that they wanted the candidates to talking about bolstering jobs in the city. Gary Myers said that he was anxious to hear all of the candidates views face to face.

“I’m really concerned about the financial circumstance and the future of Tulsa,” said Myers.

Gun control, crime prevention, city budget and river development were some of the questions that were presented to the candidates.

Crystal Pearson said that their responses will give her something to think about when it comes time to vote in the primary.

“After tonight I will definitely have some things to make some assessments on in terms of what directions I'll be voting in,” said Pearson.

Meyers told FOX23 that the forum and the topics discussed  influenced his feeling about the candidates.


“I think it reinforced some impressions that I had and its very valuable to me and I appreciate it very much.”


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CreedeMike - 6/8/2013 1:48 PM
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Having known Bill Christiansen since 1970 when we were in in the USMC together I know he is a good man who has the best interest of Tulsa at heart!! I was with the Tulsa PD for about 30 years and Bill was very supportive of law enforcement and the security for the folks of Tulsa. There is no doubt in my mind that he will do an outstanding job for his employers, the citizens of Tulsa!!!

Tommy - 6/8/2013 12:12 PM
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Don't we have fresh, real talented people anymore ?

watergirl - 6/7/2013 12:16 PM
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I can still hear Bill Christiansen crying and getting mad when things didn't go his way on the City Council. It was "my way or the highway" buddy. Is he just looking for power?

Jeff P - 6/7/2013 8:05 AM
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Re-electing Kathy Taylor will be an embarrassment to Tulsa. She bankrupted the city and then bailed out. As for Bill C., if Kathy Taylor makes a sudden stop he will get a bloody nose. He is a divisive person, but he is the lesser of two evils between him and Kathy. Dewey is doing a pretty good Job. Especially with current council.

Mayor Maynot - 6/7/2013 12:09 AM
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Dewy's inept minion Simonson was unable to dot all the t's and cross all the i's to receive a grant from the department of Justice that would have prevented the lay off of those officers; Forcing the city to lay them off and pay high fees for doing so. Biggest haha on the city was that the girl scouts of green country were able to out perform Simonson and they got a grant for $50.000.00. We need to have the Girl scouts of green country runnin the city. Or some other suitable individual for city management. NOT these fly by night (dewy) absentee (Kathy) grandstanding (Christiansen) politicians :))

ppiklapp - 6/6/2013 11:35 PM
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Does anyone other than me remember that Dewey caused the rise in the crime rate by forcing the lay-offs of police officers? Now he is campaigning to get some more on the streets. Hey Dewey, if you hadn't tried to gut the cops so you could increase the mayor's budget, maybe we wouldn't hearing about how we need more officers.

Watchdog - 6/6/2013 10:17 PM
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Kathy Taylor needs to find a new rock to hide under. If it were not for her and her husbands millions they would both be in jail. She makes me sick, does anybody remember when they had to turn off the street lights , Duh . Just do a google search for a non bias bio on Kathy and you will not be able to run fast enough away from this lady. She makes the other 2 candidates look like boy scouts.
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