Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tulsa City Council Candidates Talk Charter Changes

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tulsa City Council Candidates Talk Charter Changes

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All but one of the Tulsa City Council candidates oppose proposed amendments to the city charter.

But the candidates at the Associated Builders and Contractors of Oklahoma forum Wednesday said they were pro-business.

About 75 people attended the event, sponsored by the ABC and held at the Broken Arrow headquarters.

"It is important for us to have a forum like this because the contractors have constant contact with the city of Tulsa," said Carl Williams, ABC president and CEO. "We are waiting to see and have not endorsed any candidates."

But Williams said he doubted the ABC membership would be in favor of the charter change. Tulsa voters on Nov. 8 will elect city councilors and decide four proposed charter changes. They include the following.

* Resolution 7866: The mayor would be on the City Council as the 10th member and chair. The City Council would hire a city manager to run the day-to-day operations of Tulsa. This would also create staggered, four-year council terms.

* Resolution 7862 would put the mayor on the council, but the mayor would still be in charge of day-to-day operations of Tulsa. And, three at-large councilors would be added to the City Council.

* Proposition 2 would make council terms two years and elections would be held at the same time as federal elections.

* Proposition 3 would make municipal elections nonpartisan.

"We all live in committee worlds," Williams said, referring to the Tulsa mayor becoming a member of the City Council. "And we know how difficult it can be to come to a decision by a committee."

Districts 1 and 5 were the only districts in which there will be no general election. Councilor Jack Henderson, a Democrat of north Tulsa's District 1, won his seat in the primary. Republican Karen Gilbert defeated incumbent Chris Trail and challenger Sam Roop, also Republicans, to win the seat in the District 5 primary.

In District 2, Republican Jeannie Cue faces Democrat Phillip Oyler in the general election.

Oyler was the only candidate at the forum in favor of charter change.

"The process is broken," Oyler said. "We need to change the process. Put the mayor on the team (with the council)."

Incumbent Democrat Roscoe Turner was defeated by David Patrick, who has held the District 3 seat in the past. …

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