Thoughts

Tulsans should vote for the candidate that best represents Tulsa. I am candid, friendly, pragmatic, and am the only candidate who has run an honest and positive campaign focused on the issues Tulsans care about. I have demonstrated leadership, judgment, and a deep understanding of the issues. I am the right choice for a better Tulsa!

Monday, November 9th, 2009

What to do when a pushy pollster calls? Take a tip from Melissa’s Grandpa

Monday, October 12th, 2009

I have been receiving several reports from supporters over the last couple weeks that pollsters have called asking “If the election were held tomorrow, would you vote for Bartlett or Adelson?” The question is manipulated like this to encourage a certain answer, and to keep my name out of people’s minds. The poll results are then used as a political PR tactic for one of the candidates.

Several supporters have reported that when they respond by affirmatively stating they are voting for Mark Perkins, the pollsters are rude and hang up on them. Hilarious. Oh the joys of democracy and free choice.

If you get a call, please politely tell them that you support Mark Perkins and ask why I was not offered as an option. I am curious to hear the answers.  Or, if you are feeling feisty, you could respond like Melissa’s grandparents….

“My grandparents stopped by today and said they have been getting calls from the Adelson and Bartlett campaigns asking who they would vote for if the election were held tomorrow. My Grandpoppie’s response…”Mark Perkins. At least he actually has something to say, and doesn’t waste time talking about the other guys he’s running against. Your men could learn a lot from Mark” I was cracking up. Rather than just hang up on the pollsters he started giving reasons why he thought you were better…gotta love that!  My grandparents are pretty active 80-somethings and have been telling all their friends to vote for you. Hope all’s going well!”

-Melissa

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.

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Supporters tell me some military folks have already voted for me…Nice!

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

I think we need a little less politician in our politicians…

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Speech: TULSA NEEDS TO HEAR THIS

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

There are articles and commentary about my speech yesterday, but its always best to read exactly what I said…check it out!

“…As a citizen, I fear we have forgotten our principles.  I fear we have disengaged.  I fear we have traded our passion for apathy, our conviction for indifference, and our fortitude for the false comfort of partisan fraternity.

But as a candidate I am here to lead us back from the edge of mediocrity.  I have a better approach, I have a better plan, and I am ready, willing, and able to lead us to a better future…”

Tulsa Press Club, September 30th, 2009

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Tulsa, have we lost our principles?

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

I am the only candidate talking about Tulsa.  I have a large and growing group of supporters.  Why do some organizations want to hold closed forums with only the partisan candidates?  Why do the Democrat and the Republican spend all their time and their contributors’ money tearing each other down, while avoiding candid discourse with the one leader who is trying to build Tulsa up.

Doesn’t Tulsa deserve public debates, with media present, in front of all of Tulsa, about Tulsa issues, so the voters can make an informed choice on November 10?  Isn’t that what democracy is supposed to be all about?

Have we given ownership of our city to private interests, partisan politics, handlers, and the status quo?  Have we lost the courage and conviction to stand up and support what is right?  Have we lost our principles?

Overall, what I believe in is RESULTS!!!

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Tulsa World: Independent Mayoral Hopeful Says Bartlett Ducking Debates

Friday, September 25th, 2009

I believe Tulsans deserve to hear candidly from the candidates who will be on the ballot on Nov. 10.  The other campaigns are trying to keep me from being invited to the forums and debates.  I have supporters from both parties, I know the issues and have good judgment.  We need to be open with the public, and earn their votes, not hide behind political parties, money, produced commercials, handlers.  That is politics, not statesmanship.  Tulsa deserves better.  Lets be open, talk about and debate the issues, keep it respectful not personal, and show Tulsa its options so they can make an informed decision on November 10.

Update: I received this in an email:  “You can also add that Dewey failed to show at the NAIOP forum he agreed to attend with Adelson on Sept. 16th of last week.  You should have been invited, but Bartlett had a “business meeting” to attend at the last moment before the forum before a real estate group.”  (P.S.  I was not invited to the “real estate group” forum either…)

Tulsa World

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Its About Options that Save the City Money, and Bring the City Revenue

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Check out Wednesday’s Tulsa World article entitled “Hopefuls Back Density”  As a city, we can embrace population growth, prepare for an increase in density, and attract residents and businesses, or we can ignore it, increase our problems, and lose out on revenues that pay for our schools, our public safety and health personnel, and our roads and bridges.

Tulsa World

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