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Bartlett wins primary

September 09, 2009
OIPA board of directors member Dewey Bartlett is one step closer to becoming Tulsa's mayor.

Bartlett won Tuesday's Republican primary and will face Democrat Tom Adelson and independent candidates Mark Perkins and Lawrence Kirkpatrick in fall's general election to determine the next Tulsa leader.

From the Tulsa World:

Bartlett, the Keener Oil & Gas president and former city councilor, by far had the tougher primary battle in a field of 11 GOP candidates. He prevailed, however, with a clear majority of 54 percent. His closest competitor, Chris Medlock, had 32 percent.

"It's a landslide, in my opinion, considering how many were in the race," Bartlett said during his watch party at The Brook restaurant, adding he received a "humble and gracious" concession call from Medlock.

Anna Falling snared nearly 10 percent of the votes, with the rest of the Republican pack drawing anywhere from a little over 1 percent to a fraction of a percent.

Adelson, an Oklahoma senator and attorney, had a primary contest that was much quieter, with four perennial candidates also seeking the Democratic nomination. He got 94 percent of the votes, with his competitors splitting the balance.

"I'm looking forward to a spirited debate with Mr. Bartlett," he said after a watch party at El Guapo's restaurant. "We will have some common ground, but we also will share different visions, and it will be up to the voters to decide which vision they want to follow."

Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant said only 17 percent of eligible voters, or 35,776 of 187,286, participated in the primary. She said Labor Day being the day before had to have an impact.

Bartlett called on his GOP opponents and their supporters to unite behind him for the general election.

"We have a lot of work ahead of us to do," he said. "I wish to ask them to join all of us and also reach out to the many Democrats and independents we have in this city. This is one Tulsa, and we have to go after the one Tulsa vote.

"We need to set aside the conflicts we've had in the past, whatever partisan bickering we've had and whatever regional differences we've had, because this is one community. The job of mayor is not whether you are a Republican, Democrat or independent, it's about doing the right thing. It's about knowing what to do and doing it properly."

If elected, Bartlett said, the next four years would be about "good, common-sense leadership." He also pledged fiscal conservatism and to grow jobs, not government.

"We need a steady hand to guide the ship," he said, "and my business experience certainly gives me that ability."
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