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Using the latest financial reports and election results, I spent $4.44 per vote, Bartlett spent $19.53 per vote, and Adelson spent $53.69 per vote.

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Independent candidate Mark Perkins, who made a stronger standing in the mayoral race than many expected, also sounded a note of unity when he said: “We are not Republicans. We are not Democrats. We are not south Tulsans, or north or east or west Tulsans.

“We are Tulsans. We are strong enough to overcome any challenge if we work together as Tulsans.”

Click Here to Read Editorial from Tulsa World

Perkins, speaking at his watch party at Leon’s, a restaurant in Brookside, said he was ready to turn the page on “this ugly chapter in our history” and called for an end to partisan elections.

“We can love our parties and support their state, national and legislative agendas, but we must begin to get their politics out of our local civil discourse because it is not helpful,” he said. “They are established to effectuate power, and to do that they put their party first.”

Click Here to Read Article from Tulsa World

Independent/Republican Mark Perkins, the 30 year old phenom who is destined for great things, came in a distant third. Bartlett may do well to find a high level position for Perkins.

Click Here to Read Article from Bounded Rationality

One independent candidate also did well in the Mayoral election in Tulsa, Oklahoma, also on November 10. The vote was: Republican Dewey Bartlett 29,948 votes; Democrat Tom Adelson 24,211 votes; independent Mark Perkins 11,913 votes; another independent, Lawrence Kirkpatrick 560 votes. Tulsa is the only city in Oklahoma with partisan city elections.

Click Here to Read Article from Ballot Access News

Concession Speech/Announcement

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Thank you to the nearly 12,000 Tulsans who voted for me, and to all the others who were supportive in some way.  I am disappointed in the loss, but believe Tulsans can and should come together for a better Tulsa whether they voted for me or not.  My concession speech from last night is below.

Click Here to Listen to the Speech

Dear Tulsa

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Throughout this campaign and in a dozen debates I have demonstrated my judgment, intelligence, and leadership.  I am the only candidate who can unify Tulsans in a nonpartisan way to overcome our challenges.

It is not about name, it is not about money, it is not aboute age, and it is not about political party.  It is about the City of Tulsa, and the fundamental right of free people to choose their leader, and by extension choose their path.

I believe in the strength that comes from unity, not in the power derived from exploiting divisions.  I am the best candidate because I reflect the character of the citizens the Mayor is elected to represent.

I will run an effective and efficient government, and I can deliver because I am a political outsider, with no political agenda, and no political debts.

I am the leader for the present, and I represent the future with a message based on building Tulsa up, not tearing others down.

The polls indicate I am in a great position to win this election despite being outspent by Mr. Bartlett 10-to-1 and by Mr. Adelson 27-to-1.  It is about time we elect a leader who can do more with less.

This is your opportunity to vote your conscience.  Don’t let the forces of fear cloud your thinking when you enter that ballot box.  It is time for you to have the courage to stand up for a better Tulsa.  If you do, I will win.

There are two choices on November 10th.  The politicians who divide us, or the leader who unites us.  It is time to turn the page.

Make the right choice for the City of Tulsa.

And Thank You for all of your tremendous support.

-Mark

Mark Sets the Record Straight

Monday, November 9th, 2009

In response to the attached mailer distributed by Dewey Bartlett for Mayor, Mark Perkins responded with the facts.

“These claims are false and knowingly and intentionally misleading.” said Perkins.  “Not only does his mailer make false statements about the KRMG Forum, but it completely distorts what Dewey knows about my positions on the 2nd Amendment.”

“I have never said one word suggesting support for additional firearms regulations.  Mr. Bartlett knows where I stand on gun control, as we were in the same room when I discussed the 2nd Amendment during a debate on KFAQ.”  [please see story below for more facts]

dewey5Batesline, November 9, 2009

Click Here to Read “Mark Perkins rebuts Bartlett Jr 2nd Amendment Attack”

Click Here for the Quotes from the KFAQ Debate and KRMG Smashup

KRMG Mayoral Smashup – Listen

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

If you missed it, listen to the entire hour of the KRMG Smashup.

Click Here to Listen to the Audio