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Bartlett to be Tulsa mayor

November 11, 2009
TOPICS: In the news, OIPA
OIPA board member Dewey Bartlett will be Tulsa's next mayor after defeating Tom Adelson in Tuesday's election.

From the Tulsa World:

"We have a lot of challenges ahead of us. But not tonight -- because we won!" Bartlett said, surrounded by cheering supporters at his watch party turned victory celebration at the Stokely Event Center in east Tulsa.

"I appreciate your vote for one Tulsa, for one good Okie, Dewey Bartlett." Democrat Tom Adelson conceded the race about 7:50 p.m. to a crowd in the Crystal Ballroom at downtown's historic Mayo Hotel.

"It's been a spirited campaign and it's time for the city to come together and work for a better Tulsa," Adelson said.

Bartlett, Keener Oil & Gas president, will be sworn in with the city’s other elected leaders Dec. 7. The mayor serves a four-year term and has a $105,000 annual salary which, unlike Mayor Kathy Taylor, he said he will take.

Bartlett, 62, the eldest son of the late Oklahoma governor and U.S. senator Dewey Bartlett Sr., served as a city councilor from 1990 to 94 and unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 1992.

This is the second time Bartlett and Adelson faced each other in an election.

In their 2004 race for the Oklahoma Senate District 33 seat, Adelson prevailed over Bartlett with 51 percent in what has been characterized as the most expensive legislative race in the state’s history.
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