TULSA - On June 11, Tulsans could decide their next mayor.
If one of the candidates receives more than 50 percent of the vote, he or she will become Tulsa's next mayor. If no one garners 50 percent, the top two vote-getters will face off in the general election.
So for many voters, how they cast their ballot could hinge on the commercials current mayor Dewey Bartlett, former mayor Kathy Taylor and former city councilor Bill Christiansen are airing on television and radio.
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The candidates are paying to tell you why they've earned your vote. But do the claims in those ads ring completely true?
"We put more police on the streets than ever before, or since."
That's a line from a commercial Kathy Taylor has on the air.
The maximum number of officers the City of Tulsa can employ is 830. When Taylor took office in April 2006, there were more than 800 officers on the force.
By December 2007, the Tulsa Police Department reached 830.
The number of officers fell to 730 within a year of Dewey Bartlett taking office, but it's back up to 772 today.
LINK: Taylor for Tulsa (http://bit.ly/kathytaylor)
In one of his spots, Bill Christiansen claims a "Vision for a safer and more prosperous Tulsa."
In January 2010, then-city councilor Christiansen presented the Shop Tulsa Initiative to the city's development committee.
Three months later, shoptulsa.org was unveiled to the public.
Before being elected to the city council himself, Blake Ewing's creative firm was heavily involved and donated its services to shape the campaign.
Christiansen would later say there's no way of knowing whether the initiative is having an effect on the city.
LINK: Bill for Tulsa (http://bit.ly/billchristiansen)
"With Dewey, we've added 9,000 jobs."
It's hard to prove Dewey Bartlett's claim about jobs.
The numbers don't break down to just the City of Tulsa. The closest anyone can get is the Tulsa metropolitan area which includes Creek, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Rogers and Wagoner counties.
Federal data show an increase of more than 25,000 jobs in the area since Bartlett took office.
LINK: Mayor Dewey Bartlett (http://bit.ly/deweybartlett)
Check back each Sunday night through the election. We'll post a new story that examines what the candidates are putting out there, and we'll do the fact checking for you. The candidates will be given the opportunity to have their say about our findings.
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