The First of a Three-Part Series on Tulsa's 2013 Mayoral Race: A Discussion with Kathy Taylor
Today on ST, we begin a three-part series of conversations with the leading candidates to be the City of Tulsa's next mayor. As per changes to the City Charter that were enacted in 2011, the current race for mayor will be non-partisan, with a primary scheduled for Tuesday of next week: June 11th. If no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote in this primary, the top two vote-recipients will meet up in the general election, in the fall --- and if any one candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote in this primary, that person will become our next mayor (to serve a three-year term beginning in early December). Our guest on this edition of StudioTulsa is Kathy Taylor, who was Tulsa's 38th Mayor, serving from 2006 to 2009. Previously, Taylor served as Oklahoma's Secretary of Commerce and Tourism, from 2003 to 2006, under then-Governor Brad Henry. After her tenure as Tulsa's Mayor, Taylor led Oklahoma's two rigorous yet unsuccessful application procedures to obtain "Race to the Top" funding from the federal government for education. She was also an education adviser to Gov. Henry in 2010.