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A record number of women sworn in to Tulsa City Council, with a ratio outnumbering men two to one

Posted at 9:06 PM, Dec 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-03 22:06:32-05

TULSA, Okla. -- With six women inaugurated at the University of Tulsa on Monday, for the first time the women on Tulsa's city council outnumber men by a two to one ratio.

Crista Patrick is following in the footsteps of her family. Patrick's uncle was the first councilor for district three when the charter changed, and her father was the longest running councilman for Tulsa.

"It was ingrained in me from an early age that everyone should be a public servant. Not a politician, but a public servant. We're here to make our area better," Patrick said.

For others the path wasn't always as clear. Lori Decter Wright will serve district seven after moving to Tulsa ten years ago, continuing a career as an opera singer.

"It's certainly different than opera. But in a lot of ways it's about connecting and raising the voice of the people that need to be heard," she said.

Kara Joy McKee wasn't sure if she would ever become a mother or city councilor. She became pregnant after deciding to run for office.

"I thought "am I going to be horribly nauseated on the campaign trail?" Oklahoma summer, first trimester, knocking on doors... that was hard. But if I can do that I can handle anything," McKee said.

Now this group hopes to set an example for their children and women across the city.

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