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November 10, 2013

Bitter campaign for Tulsa mayor nearing end

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TULSA —

“Most disappointingly, he’s not letting Tulsans know about his plans,” she said.

While the candidates are from different political parties, the city this year held a nonpartisan election. Taylor carried 42 percent of the vote in the primary in June while Bartlett had 34 percent. Republican Bill Christiansen had 23 percent.

Entering Tuesday’s election, Tulsa voters seem as sharply divided as the candidates.

Resident Vinita Haley, a retired postal worker, said she supports Bartlett because “he took a bad situation and he made it better” when he came into office during the recession.

“(Taylor) created all this big mess, and now she has come back and she’s pretending like none of it ever happened. It did,” Haley said.

Developer and fourth-generation Tulsan Sharon King Davis said she’s for Taylor because she thinks Taylor can do more for Tulsa working in a bipartisan fashion.

“Over (Bartlett’s) last term, I haven’t seen the initiative, I haven’t seen the progressive thinking out of the box,” Davis said. “And it’s very frightening to me that we’re in a budget deficit.”

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