Councilors face primary challengers

While the race for mayor gets most of the attention, five city councilors will face primary opponents in the June 28 ballot.

The City of Tulsa mandates “nonpartisan” elections so that voters for the most part won’t know if candidates are Republicans, Democrats or Independents.

The incumbents on the ballot are Jack Henderson from District 1; Jeannie Cue from District 2; David Patrick from District 3; Blake Ewing from District 4; and Connie Dodson from District 6.

The candidates for mayor are Dewey Bartlett, G.T. Bynum, Lawrence Kirkpatrick, Tom E. McCay and Paul Tay.

Henderson, who is retired from AT&T, is serving his fourth term on the council. His family attends First Baptist Church of North Tulsa. He is the former president of the Tulsa chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

According to her website, Vanessa Hall-Harper said her important issues are food security, adequate and affordable housing, public transportation, public safety and economic development.

Hall-Harper is a manager of the Healthy Living Program for the Tulsa County Health Department. She is chairman of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee and on the board of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

Cue is retired from Hillcrest Medical Center and American Airlines. Her family is part of Trinity Baptist Church.  Cue is chairman of the Route 66 Village and Station and a founding member of Red Fork Main Street.

Cue is a member of the Southwest Chamber of Commerce and the Southwest Tulsa Historical Society.

Bisogno is employed as a Loan Officer for a local consumer finance company. According to his website, the biggest problem in Tulsa is the lack of  communication between the citizens and the City Council.

Patrick has been elected to the council five times. He runs his family’s business, Patrick Auto Service and a property management company, Patrick Enterprises. He is a member of the Dawson Neighborhood Association.

Tiger is a Kendall Whittier “community organizer.” She is an office manager at Green Choice Lawn and Landscape Company.

Rice is a former U.S. Marine, the former Oologah Chief of Police and a former captain with the Owasso Police Department. He grew up in North Tulsa.

Ewing is a downtown businessman who owns Joe Mamma’s Pizza, The Max Retropub, Boomtown Tees, Back Alley Blues & BBQ and others. He is on the Oklahoma Restaurant Association Board of Directors and was the first president of the Blue Dome Association.

Information on Michael Haskins and Sam Walker was not available.

Starks was a combat outpost commanders during the 45th Infantry 2011 deployment to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. He has worked in the aerospace industry with Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems helping to build the International Space Station.

Starks said public safety would be his top priority.

Dodson previously work at Tulsa Transit for the City of Tulsa. She is a member of the bond committee for Tulsa Public Schools. She is a member of the Oklahoma Education Association and Tulsa Zoo Friends.

Skip Steele, a former city councilor, owns and operates All Hours Computers. He is running again because Tulsa has not encouraged the economic potential of East Tulsa. Steele is also concerned about public safety.

Branch is a member of the Tulsa County Republican Men’s Club.