John A. Wright, currently Chief Deputy for the Tulsa County Assessor, will run for Tulsa County Assessor for the term beginning January 1st, 2019.
“I believe my background, training and experience have best prepared me to provide stable continuity of leadership for this important office that contributes in a large way to the undergirding of the funding for the local schools, Tulsa Community College, Career Technology, and other important community entities,” Wright said.
The county assessor’s core responsibility is to place an accurate market value on all property in the county on an annual basis, Wright said. This value is a factor along with the locally voted millage rates to provide funding for so many community services.
In addition to the Advanced Assessor Certification achieved through the Oklahoma State University Center for Local Government Training, Wright previously served House District 76 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives for 12 years prior to joining Tulsa County Assessor Ken Yazel’s executive staff in November of 2010. In the House of Representatives, he chaired the Agency Oversight and Administrative Rules Committee for six years as well as being voted by his colleagues to two terms as Majority Caucus Chairman. Wright served as chairman for two statewide Republican conventions as well as chairman or parliamentarian for numerous Tulsa County GOP Conventions.
The International Association of Assessing Officers has awarded Wright with Accredited Status based on tested classes, continuing education hours as well as years in the profession.
Wright holds an inactive Oklahoma real estate brokers license having been a part of the Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors for ten years prior to joining the Tulsa County Assessor’s Office.
Yazel will not run for re-election.