BY ZACK STOYCOFF World Staff Writer
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Tulsa’s mayoral candidates are bracing for two months of intense campaigning ahead of a June 11 primary election that could decide the race six months before the next mayoral term begins.
“It is a very short window from April to June,” said Daniel Patten, incumbent Mayor Dewey Bartlett’s campaign manager. “This whole campaign could be over if we really get out there and raise our message.”
Mayoral candidates will file with the Tulsa County Election Board between April 8 and 11, formally kicking off the race just eight weeks before the primary, when a majority of the vote would give any candidate the victory without a need for the Nov. 12 general election.
Two of the three declared candidates so far – Bartlett and former Mayor Kathy Taylor – have openly only been in the race for a matter of weeks, and Bartlett’s campaign headquarters won’t open until Saturday.