Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant said something shocking Friday.
“We’re expecting less than 20 percent turnout of the 330,000 registered voters” in the county, Bryant said.
Those are paltry numbers given all that is at stake. Tulsa County residents have big decisions to make.
Who should run the city of Tulsa? Has the Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado earned a shot at running for a full four-year term? Will former City Councilor Skip Steele be able to wrested the District 6 seat from one-term incumbent Connie Dodson?
The mayoral primary is expected to come down to incumbent Mayor Dewey Bartlett and City Councilor G.T. Bynum. Both are Republicans. Both come from families with long histories in Oklahoma politics, and neither has been able to break through as the odds-on favorite — at least according to the polls.
Dodson defeated Steele in 2014. She’s also facing another challenger, Allen Branch, which could dilute the vote and make the results closer than one might expect.
The municipal primaries – both for mayor and City Council — are nonpartisan. That means voters can vote for whomever they want, regardless of their party affiliation.
In the mayoral and council primaries, if one candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, that person wins the election, with no need for further votes. Should no candidate receive more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates will face each other in the Nov. 8 general election.
The county elections are partisan primaries, meaning only Republicans can vote in the Republican primary and only Democrats can vote in the Democratic primary. The winners on Tuesday will face off in the November general election.
Regalado’s challenge is to fend off Luke Sherman in the Republican primary. He beat Sherman handily in the April 5 special election for mayor. But Sherman has regrouped and raised a lot to money for his primary challenge.
The winner of that race will face the winner of the Democratic primary for sheriff. The candidates in that race are Author Jackson and Rex Berry.
All winners in this year’s county elections — whether they win on Tuesday or in November — will serve four-year terms. The mayor of Tulsa is elected to a four-year term. City councilors and the city auditor serve two-year terms.
The polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. There will be no voting at the Tulsa County Election Board. Voters should bring a government-issued ID. Registered voters who do not have a government-issed ID can fill out a provisional ballot.
For a list of polling stations and to view sample ballots, go to https://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/index.html
Mayor of Tulsa
Dewey Bartlett (I)
Occupation: Tulsa mayor
Occupation: Federal government relations consultant, Capital Ventures
Occupation: Property management
Jack Henderson (I)
Occupation: Retired, AT&T
Vanessa Hall Harper
Occupation: Child health and policy manager, Tulsa Health Department
Jeannie Cue (I)
Occupation: Retired nurse
David Patrick (I)
Occupation: Owner, Patrick’s Auto Service
Occupation: Floor supervisor and Blackjack dealer for Osage Casino Tulsa
Blake Ewing (I)
Occupation: Business owner
Karen Gilbert (I)
Occupation: Parent facilitator, Wright Elementary School
Connie Dodson (I)
Occupation: Photographer, owner of Connie Palmer Photography
Occupation: Owner, All Hours Computer Service (former city councilor)
Anna America (I)
Occupation: City councilor
Phil Lakin (I)
Occupation: CEO of Tulsa Community Foundation
District 9 (Open Seat)
Occupation: Ross Group, Governor’s UAS Advisory
Cathy Criswell (I)
Occupation: City auditor
Tulsa County Sheriff/Republican primary
Occupation: Law enforcement
Vic Regalado (I)
Occupation: Tulsa County sheriff
Occupation: National Tactical Officer’s Association, regional director and senior instructor
Tulsa County Sheriff/Democratic Primary
Occupation: Retired Tulsa police officer
Tulsa County Commission, District 2, Republican Primary
Josh R. Turley
Occupation: Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office
Tulsa County Commission, District 2, Democratic Primary
Karen Keith (I)
Occupation: County commissioner
Tulsa County Clerk, Republican Primary
Occupation: Chief Deputy, Tulsa County Clerk
Occupation: Chief Deputy County Commissioner and Public Information Officer at Tulsa County
Tulsa County Court Clerk, Republican Primary
Occupation: Title Research Manager at Tulsa
County Assessor’s Office
Occupation: Director, Special Projects at Tulsa County Court Clerk
I – Incumbent