TulsaBizPac has announced the candidates it is endorsing in this year’s City Council races.
The candidates, whose campaigns will each receive a $1,000 contribution, are Jerry Goodwin, District 1; Crista Patrick, District 3; Daniel Regan, District 4; Cass Fahler, District 5; Connie Dodson and Dezeray Edwards, District 6; and Ben Kimbro, District 9.
The general election for City Council and city auditor is Aug. 28. Runoff elections, if needed, will be Nov. 6.
TulsaBizPac’s 15-member board of directors selected the candidates after interviewing them and evaluating their responses to a questionnaire.
TulsaBizPac is affiliated with the Tulsa Metro Chamber but is operated by a separate board made up of local business and community leaders.
Jay Helm, 2018 TulsaBizPac chairman, said the political action committee is one of three such organizations formed in 2009 to support pro-business candidates who have a broad vision for Tulsa.
“Tulsa is fortunate to have citizens committed to improving our city and providing dedicated representation for the areas in which (they) live,” Helm said. “After careful consideration, we selected to support candidates that have a proven track record of leadership for community initiatives that drive Tulsa forward.”
All nine City Council seats are up for election this year, but only six have more than one candidate running. District 2 City Councilor Jeannie Cue, District 7 City Councilor Anna America and District 8 Councilor Phil Lakin did not draw challengers.
Find more about all of the City Council candidates and video interviews with them at tulsaworld.com/election2018.