Tulsa World: Mayoral Smashup Throws Unorthodox Questions

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

“I believe anyone who runs on the politics of fear, under the premise of scaring voters out of voting for their opponent, doesn’t display the leadership and judgment we need,” he said.

Tulsa World, 11/4/09

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NPR: Listen to the Kiwanis Mayoral Debate

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

KWGS 89.5, 10/20/09

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Tulsa World: Park Plaza Debate: Public Safety, Rainy Day

Friday, October 16th, 2009

“We need more boots on the ground,” Perkins said, “but we also need to look at the way we allocate them. A presence will do a lot to deter crime.”

Perkins said neighborhoods “are a critical component of the city.”

“I’m a big supporter of neighborhood watch programs, too,” he said. “I think they would help us with our public safety efforts.”

Tulsa World, 10/16/09

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Tulsa World: Rotary Club Debate: Tulsa Budget, Streets, Public Safety Top Issues At Mayoral Forum

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

“It starts with education. If we educate the kids properly, they’ll have more economic opportunities and be less likely to turn to crime,” said Mark Perkins, (I) mayoral candidate.

Each candidate talked about improving public schools. Perkins wants more magnet schools. Adelson wants the city to help recruit new teachers to Tulsa. Bartlett wants to have a fulltime person work with the Tulsa school board.

Perkins was the only candidate solidly against consolidating city and county government.

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What a way to start a day – reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” to preschool children

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

As you may be aware, I am a firm believer in the value of early childhood education.  “I believe early childhood education is critical for developing the cognitive framework necessary to maximize a child’s learning potential.” (from my “We are One Tulsa” speech, 7/21/09)  So this morning I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Community Action Project’s Skelly Early Childhood Education Center to read to the preschool children.  I absolutely loved it.  Please support this organization.



CompStat Meeting

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

This morning I attended a CompStat meeting hosted by Mayor Taylor and Police Chief Palmer.  CompStat was implemented last year and utilizes technology to analyze and map crime statistics.  The TPD uses this information to make organizational decisions that can help reduce or prevent crime.

Unity in the Community

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

At the invitation of a community leader from Tulsa North, I attended an event aimed at combating the recent increase in gang violence.  It was a great example of a community coming together for a common goal.  I believe community leaders, neighborhood associations, churches, and role models are critical partners in improving public safety, along with law enforcement, and educational and economic opportunity.