Mayor's race part of June 28th primary election in Tulsa

Posted at 7:49 AM, Jun 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-28 17:23:44-04

TULSA -- A number of names appear on this year's primary ballot, but barring something unforeseen, the races come down to two men.

The race pits incumbent mayor Dewey Bartlett against Tulsa City Councilor and challenger G.T. Bynum.

Bartlett is seeking his third term as Tulsa's Mayor. Bartlett paints himself as the consistent and steady leader Tulsa needs in recent political ads.

Balancing the city's budget, economic development, job creation and the passage of the vision sales tax extension, which he called a cornerstone of his administration.

If you've watched the TV ads, you've seen Bartlett attack Bynum for his lobbying work. When it comes to the attacks, Bynum has defended his lobbying work, calling it a strength  in negotiating and being able to work with different entities.

Bynum thinks Tulsa's growth has been far too slow. In going after the Mayor, he often cited Oklahoma City's growth, which he says has outpaced Tulsa by a two to one margin.

As a councilor, Bynum listed his accomplishments. Helping to establish veterans treatment courts, leading to the charge on the city's street program and economic development, including the push for water in the Arkansas River.

Bynum and Bartlett are among a total of five candidates running for Tulsa Mayor. Tom McCay is also running as a Republican in the race. Candidate Paul Tay is the only Democrat running in the race and Lawrence Kirkpatrick identifies as an Independent.

If a candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, he'll be the next Mayor. If not, two candidates who together earn more than 50 percent square off in November's general election.

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