Tulsa city council says farewell to two members

Posted at 5:42 PM, Dec 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-01 19:52:25-05
TULSA - 2 Works for You was at the final Tulsa City Council meeting for members Jack Henderson and GT Bynum Wednesday night.
Henderson was defeated in his eighth consecutive run for the District 1 seat by Vanessa Hall-Harper in the November 8 election. Bynum, District 9's council member since 2008, defeated Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett in June. He will be sworn in as Tulsa's 40th Mayor on December 5.
Henderson said he plans to take a vacation to get the election and loss behind him.
"I'm gonna always have some involvement in Tulsa," Henderson said, "whether it's the level of the state or whatever, I'm gonna always do something to help my community."
When asked whether that was a hint at a run at a future state position, Henderson said, "Right now I'm gonna focus on my grandkids. I have a 16 year-old granddaughter. Most of her whole life, I've been on the council. I've got a 12 year-old grandson; that's the only thing he knows, that I'm the city councilman."
Henderson said he still has more than $172 million in projects from his efforts to promote Tulsa's Vision tax programs, and he'll watch them develop, knowing he played a role in the city's growth. He said he hopes his legacy will be that he helped to make Tulsa a tale of one city, instead of a tale of two cities.
Bynum said he will continue to attend council meetings after he becomes mayor. He said over his eight years on the council, the members became a tight group that got the Vision package passed. 

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