Incumbent To Square Off Against State Senator in Mayoral Race
TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Mayor Dick Crawford easily defeated his challenger in the Republican primary for City Hall, and will face a state senator in the April general election.
″We’ve been looking to get this out of the way so we can get to the main event,″ Crawford said after his victory Tuesday night over businessman Tom Quinn.
Crawford, 54, who waged a minimal primary campaign, won the Republican nomination with 14,952 votes, or 61 percent, according to unofficial results from all 188 precincts. Quinn received 38 percent of the vote, or 9,327 votes.
Crawford’s opponent in the April 5 race is Democratic state Sen. Rodger Randle, who contended Quinn’s relatively strong showing against an incumbent indicates voters are not pleased with Crawford.
Quinn only recently joined the GOP to stop Crawford from running unopposed, Randle also noted. Quinn, a sign company president, had defeated Democratic Mayor Terry Young in the 1986 primary.
″It certainly would have to be a disappointment to Mr. Crawford to have Mr. Quinn run so well against him,″ Randle said.
Randle won the Democratic nomination with 57 percent of the ballots cast, or 20,507 votes. Former Tulsa water and sewer Commissioner Patty Eaton came in second with 13,361 votes, or 37 percent.
The other four candidates in the Democratic primary received a little more than 5 percent of the votes cast.
Tuesday’s election had a record turnout, with more than 70,000 of the 250,000 registered voters casting ballots, Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Scott Orbison said.
Randle, 44, has been a member of the Oklahoma Legislature for 17 years and served as Senate president pro tempore. He lost his first race for mayor in 1978 to Republican Jim Inhofe, now a congressman from Oklahoma’s 1st District.