City Hall Blog: Keep an eye out for bogus candidates to address Tulsa election problems
By JARREL WADE World Staff Writer
The filing period for all city elected positions is this week, which means a lot of trivial paperwork and one interesting thing to look out for — sham candidates.
Due to a 2011 charter change from partisan to non-partisan elections, the city of Tulsa election process changed dramatically.
This year will be the first where all elected positions are aligned — mayor, all nine city council seats and city auditor are up for grabs at the same time.
The charter change also significantly lengthened the election cycle, reflected most glaringly by the 2013 mayoral race between Mayor Dewey Bartlett and former Mayor Kathy Taylor, which saw record spending due to the length.