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Upcoming Elections for City Councilors and Vote on Charter Amendments

All nine City Council seats will be up for election this fall. There will also be three Charter Amendments on the ballot. City Councilors serve a 2-year term in office. 

Only one candidate filled for City Auditor, the current Auditor Cathy Carter, so she automatically wins the race. The next election for Mayor will be in 2024. 

Election Dates:

  • General Election for City Councilors and Vote on Charter Amendments - Tuesday, August 23, 2022
  • Runoff Election for City Councilors (if necessary) - Tuesday, November 8, 2022

If a candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote in August, that candidate wins the election outright and is deemed elected.

If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote in August, all candidates receiving the greatest number of votes totaling 50 percent will be placed on the ballot for a run-off election in November. The candidate receiving the greatest number of votes cast at the November run-off election will be deemed elected.

Here are the candidates for City Council, listed alphabetically. All races are non partisan. Incumbents are noted with an (i).

COUNCILMEMBER - COUNCIL DISTRICT 1
VANESSA HALL-HARPER (i)
DAVID HARRIS
FRANCETTA L. MAYS

COUNCILMEMBER - COUNCIL DISTRICT 2
AARON L BISOGNO
JEANNIE CUE (i)

COUNCILMEMBER - COUNCIL DISTRICT 3
DANIEL JOSEPH GROVE
CRISTA PATRICK (i)

COUNCILMEMBER - COUNCIL DISTRICT 4
LAURA BELLIS
MICHAEL BIRKES
MICHAEL FEAMSTER
WEYDAN FLAX
MATTHEW FRANSEIN
BOBBY DEAN ORCUTT

COUNCILMEMBER - COUNCIL DISTRICT 5
MYKEY ARTHRELL (i)
LATASHA JIM
ADIL KHAN
GRANT MILLER
TY WALKER

COUNCILMEMBER - COUNCIL DISTRICT 6
CHRISTIAN BENGEL
CONNIE DODSON (i)
LEWANA HARRIS

COUNCILMEMBER - COUNCIL DISTRICT 7
JERRY GRIFFIN
KEN REDDICK
LORI DECTER WRIGHT (i)

COUNCILMEMBER - COUNCIL DISTRICT 8
SCOTT HOUSTON
PHIL LAKIN (i)

COUNCILMEMBER - COUNCIL DISTRICT 9
LEE ANN CROSBY
JAYME FOWLER (i)
CHAD HOTVEDT

View your Council District for this election here. Note, some District boundaries will change on December 5 as Districts are updated every 10 years in conjunction with the Census to account for population change. Learn more about this change here.

Those elected will serve a term of office from 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 5, 2022, through 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2024. 


Here is a plain language description of the three Charter Amendments scheduled for the August 23 election:

Proposed City Charter Amendment No. 1
Mayor’s Salary, to be Set by Ordinance

This Charter amendment is a housekeeping measure. In 2001, the Mayor’s salary was set by ordinance at $105,000, but our Charter has language dating back to 1990 that still refers to the first Mayor’s annual salary of $70,000. Because this old language has created confusion as to what the Mayor’s salary actually is, this amendment simply removes this outdated and conflicting reference to the first Mayor’s salary being $70,000. If this amendment is approved, it will not change the Mayor’s salary.

Proposed City Charter Amendment No. 2
Residency Requirement for Candidates, 365 Days

Currently our Charter provides that the Mayor and City Auditor must be Tulsa residents at the time they announce that they are running for office, but it does not require residency for any specific length of time. A candidate for City Council must be a resident in the district in which they are running for at least 90 days. This amendment would add a 365-day City of Tulsa residency requirement to run for Mayor or City Auditor and increase a Council candidates Council district residency requirement from 90 days to 365 days. This amendment also clarifies that, should a candidate’s Council district be changed when district boundaries are adjusted every 10 years due to a population shift, a candidate can still run for City Council in their new Council district.

Proposed City Charter Amendment No. 3
City Auditor 4-Year Term

The City Auditor is elected city-wide and currently serves a 2-year term of office, the same as City Councilors. The Mayor is the only other office holder elected city-wide and serves a 4-year term. This Charter amendment would change the City Auditor’s term in office to 4 years beginning in December 2026 and would stagger the Auditor’s term so that the Mayor’s and Auditor’s elections and terms are offset by 2 years


The deadline to register to vote in the August 23 election is July 29. 

Helpful links:

Register to Vote
Request an Absentee Ballot
Find Your Polling Place or View a Sample Ballot
Tulsa County Election Board home
Oklahoma State Election Board home