Tulsa City Councilor, G.T. Bynum, to File Paperwork Necessary to Run for Mayor

November 16, 2015 (Tulsa, OK) – Tulsa native and City Councilor, G.T. Bynum, will file the paperwork to start his campaign for Mayor of Tulsa today. In anticipation of filing, Bynum also released a list of prominent Tulsans who have agreed to serve on his campaign steering committee.

“Like Tulsa, these steering committee members represent a broad range of backgrounds and beliefs. And like Tulsa, they are ready to unite and build a better city for the people they love. I am appreciative so many have already committed to help with our campaign,” stated Bynum.

Bynum has served on the city council since 2008. A few of his key accomplishments have been forming the first municipal veterans treatment court in the United States and creating the first municipal rainy day fund in the state which has helped Tulsa avoid budget crises. Bynum’s commitment to the core function of public safety is well known as he crafted a pro-public safety budget that put Tulsa Police Department helicopters back in service and continually worked to increase the number of police academies.

Additionally, Bynum authored Tulsa’s first city sales tax reduction and led the development of the largest streets improvement program in Tulsa history.

“As G.T.’s grandfather, I have watched him grow as a person with maturity, integrity, and a high motivation for public service. As a former mayor and life-long Tulsan, I believe Councilor Bynum has the leadership qualities we need for Tulsa’s future. I have seen him move ideas to action with the Council, and I have witnessed his ability to bring people together for the betterment of Tulsa. It is because of those abilities that I am supporting him in this race,” said former Mayor Robert LaFortune who is serving as Chairman of Friends of G.T. Bynum 2016, the name of the campaign organization.

“I am proud to help G.T. Bynum put together what I know will be a successful campaign,” said Tulsa businessman Tom Atkinson, who is serving as a Campaign Co-Chair. “He is serious about moving Tulsa forward and has a proven track record to back it up.”

Campaign Chairman

  • Former Tulsa Mayor Robert LaFortune

Campaign Co-Chairs

  • Tom Atkinson
  • John and Sarah Graves

Steering Committee Members

  • Former Tulsa City Auditor Preston Doerflinger
  • Gentner and Wendy Drummond
  • Former Tulsa City Councilor John Eagleton
  • Dan Keating
  • Vincent LoVoi
  • Paula Marshall
  • Ed Martinez
  • State Representative Jeannie McDaniel
  • Cassie Reese
  • Scott Vaughn
  • Former City Councilor Joe Williams

“Tulsans from all across the city and many walks of life are excited about the leadership G.T. Bynum brings to our city,” said community leaders John and Sarah Graves. “We are honored to be included in this list of Republicans, Democrats, neighborhood leaders, job creators and others from all across Tulsa. G.T. has a unique ability to bring together diverse interests for a common good that gives us confidence our best days are yet to come.”

Today’s filing is a regulatory compliance, and a formal candidacy announcement will occur at a later date. The campaign does have a basic website, which will accept campaign contributions and allow voters to sign-up for updates.