My Story

As a broadcast journalist for 26 years, I told the stories of people who weren’t out to grab headlines–they were just out to help people. These are the people who work to help their neighbors and improve their communities. I loved telling those stories and throughout my career I have been able to work side by side with the people who are out there really making a difference.

I grew up in  Muskogee and after high school, graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1976. After a career in television broadcasting, I became Director of Community Relations and Vision Implementation for Tulsa Mayor Bill LaFortune, where I was able to focus on passing and implementing Tulsa’s Vision 2025 projects. Later, at the Chamber of Commerce, I was able to focus on recruiting quality shows to boost Tulsa’s tourism industry. 

Tulsa's Vision

It took a lot of input from citizens and a lot of hard work for Tulsa area leaders to gain the trust of the voters who passed Vision 2025 in the fall of 2003. I worked with people from all over Tulsa County who came from all walks of life, Republicans and Democrats, who all shared a common goal to help our communities grow and thrive.

It was during this time of working on the over 50 projects that made up Vision 2025 that people started encouraging me to run for a seat on the Tulsa County Commission. My time in this role has had me working in Tulsa and also in small communities. What I’ve learned is that if people can put politics aside and work together, there is no limit to what can be accomplished!

Why Mayor and why now?

Tulsa has come a long way in recent years! We’ve had committed, dynamic mayors who have moved this city forward in so many ways. And make no doubt about it, it is a hard job. But once again, people are encouraging me to run. This time for the hardest job in town. They know what I’ve been able to do and the experience I bring. They know I can work with everyone and not get caught up in petty politics. They know I don’t care to get the credit as long as it gets done.

I’m ready to put all I’ve learned to work for the City of Tulsa and I hope you will join me!

At Home

I can’t imagine a different life than being home in the heart of Tulsa!

Patrick and I love our dog Benny. And we are so proud to count among our family Gulnara Taragachova, a former exchange student, and her daughter Samaya who live in the Netherlands.

Boards & Memberships

  • Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Board
  • Oklahoma Hall of Fame Board of Directors
  • OKPOP Foundation
  • Tulsa Arvest Bank Board of Directors
  • Rotary Club
  • Leadership Oklahoma Class of XX
  • Member, Oklahoma Academy
  • Member, Chambers of Commerce in Tulsa, Sand Springs and Jenks.
  • Chair, Indian Nations Council of Government (INCOG)
  • National Association of Regional Councils


  • Tulsan of the Year by Tulsa World Magazine 2019
  • Clydella Hentschel Women in Leadership Award from Tulsa Area United Way 2023
  • Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Tourism Partner of the Year Award 2023
  • Association of Fund-Raising Professionals 2022
  • International Downtown Association Inspired Leader Award 2022
  • Tulsa Community College Foundation Vision in Education Leadership 2019
  • Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association Public Official of the Year 2019
  • State of Oklahoma Bar Association Liberty Bell 2019
  • Tulsa County Bar Association Liberty Bell 2019
  • The Journal Record Woman of the Year Honoree 2010
  • Governor’s Judicial Nominating Committee 2008
  • American Women in Radio in Tulsa Best of Broadcast Television Broadcasting 2001
  • Karen Keith’s Success Stories – Journal Record Publishing Advocate of the Year 1994
  • Outstanding Individual in Television – National Honor by American Women in Radio and TV Star Award 1994
  • United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees). “Ten Outstanding Young Americans” 1993
  • Association of Women in Communications Newsmaker Award 1992
  • American Heart Association Meritorious Service in the Fight Against Heart Disease 1992
  • OSU Distinguished Alumnus 1991
  • Outstanding 4-H Alumnae Award 1990
  • Oklahoma Jaycees “Five Outstanding Young Oklahomans” 1990
  • Tulsa Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television Outstanding Television Personality-Reporter of the Year 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1999
  • Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Outstanding Achievement – Large Market TV Newscast 1984