Tulsa could have a new leader in a few weeks.
That’s not a prediction. It’s a reminder — Aug. 25 is Election Day.
Tulsans will go to the polls to vote for mayor, city auditor and City Council. Several city charter amendments also will be on the ballot.
Today we look at the candidates for mayor, and there are many. Ricco Wright filed to run for mayor but later announced he would not. However, he did not formally withdraw from the race and his name will appear on the ballot.
Incumbent G.T. Bynum is seeking a second four-year term. To accomplish that, he will need to defeat seven challengers. That’s a crowded field. To help introduce the candidates to the public, the Tulsa World asked each one to fill out a brief questionnaire.
For a candidate to win on Aug. 25, he must receive more than 50 percent of the vote. If no candidate does that, the candidates who receive the most votes totaling 50 percent will face off in the Nov. 3 runoff.
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