TULSA, OK – G.T. Bynum becomes one of the first candidates to announce he is running for Mayor of Tulsa.
The announcement means that Bynum is challenging incumbent Republican, Dewey Bartlett.
Bynum, a seven-year city councilor, sent out an email this weekend to his supporters advising them of his intentions.
Family, Friends & Neighbors:
Having served you on the City Council for the last 7 years, I wanted
to contact you directly regarding my intentions moving forward. On
Monday, I will submit the paperwork necessary to form a campaign for
Mayor of Tulsa. My hope is to continue service to you in that
capacity after the 2016 elections.
Other than Susan agreeing to marry me, the chance to serve you on the
City Council has been the great honor of my life. Thanks to your
confidence, we’ve been able to make some really important improvements
to the City – whether it be the two largest street programs in Tulsa
history, giving our Police officers the tools and colleagues they
need, or forming the first city rainy day fund in the state. This
week in particular, I’m mindful that we created the first municipal
veterans treatment court in the United States – a service which is
providing compassion and assistance to those who have kept us free.
Much has changed in the last 7 years. Our son was just a chubby
toddler when I first ran – now he has far outpaced any athletic
achievements I could ever claim (and in fairness, he did that by the
time he was about 5!). He was the original reason I ran for the
Council – because people like my grandfather made it a great city for
me and I wanted to do that for our boy. And then we had our baby girl!
That has only deepened my commitment to making decisions based on what
is best for their generation, not what is best for me.
There will be plenty of time to talk over the coming months about why
I am running for Mayor, but the short motivation remains the same: our
family is committed to Tulsa for the long haul and I believe we have
the capacity to build an even better city for the next generation of
people we love.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve you. As always, please
don’t hesitate to let me know how I can be of help.
Tulsa’s complex, nonpartisan, up-to-three-stage mayoral election system means no one can say when we’ll know the final result.
If only two candidates file, it’s simple. They both go to the Nov. 8, 2016, ballot, and the winner takes all.
If more than two candidates file, we have a primary on June 28. If any candidate gets a majority of the vote that day, we have a winner!
If the vote totals of the top two candidates add up to a majority, those two go to the November ballot for the final showdown. If it takes more than two to get over 50 percent, we must have a run-off on Aug. 23. Again, a clear majority in that vote would elect a mayor.
Otherwise, the top two, no matter what portion of the vote they account for, go to November.
You can find more information about the candidates on FortySix News 2016 Elections page.