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New City Councilors promise to improve Tulsa

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Posted at 7:54 PM, Dec 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-05 22:24:24-05

TULSA -- The City of Tulsa is under new leadership alongside Mayor G.T. Bynum.

Two new councilors are also joining him and they say they've got their work cut out for them.

“They now have a city councilor that's going to hear and respond,” said District 1 Councilor Vanessa Hall-Harper.

It's official.

Hall-Harper is the newest representative for North Tulsa...an area where many people want to see improvement.

“One of the complaints I've heard and felt myself is that we were kept ignorant of so many things that were going on...not only things that were going on but the process,” she said.

Hall-Harper said her new job is a lifelong calling.

She wants more grocery options on the north side and making all of Tulsa safe, especially in the dark.

“I've experienced that myself. It's very difficult and scary to drive at night. So we want to work on getting those street lights on,” she said.

“Pretty big shoes to fill!” said District 9 Councilor Ben Kimbro.

Kimbro was sworn in to take over Mayor G.T. Bynum's seat in District 9, serving a wide swath of Midtown and South Tulsa.

“I think our biggest opportunity exists in Tulsa with the 61st and Peoria area,” said Kimbro. “There's a great community down there that we need to welcome into Tulsa.”

He's a leader with the Ross Construction Group and member of the Governor's Unmanned Systems Council.

It's experience he hopes will propel him in public safety.

“I'm excited to work with them...that I'm a pretty hands-on fella,” he said.

Now the work begins with the newcomers...hoping to make a difference across the City.

“I'm here to be a voice, and I'm here to serve,” said Hall-Harper.