Endorsements

"She succeeds where others have failed"

Karen Keith is an exemplary elected official. 
As District 2 County Commissioner, she succeeds where others have failed. 
I served 26 years as a Republican elected official and I am proud to cross party lines to endorse Karen Keith for re-election. 
              Joan Hastings
 

Sand Springs Floods

Karen was HERE- on-site

Jeremy Herrington surveying the flood damage

In his own words

 

“As someone who endured the 2019 flood, I can tell you with 150% confidence that if I had to endure this hell again, Karen Keith is who I would want representing us. 

Karen was HERE, on-site.

Two weeks after the FEMA trailer had left, Karen was here at 9am on a Saturday morning working alongside a Jenks church group that had organized cleanup effort for Town and Country, as we were trying to help all those that still needed help. 

Unplanned, no staff, no cameras, she was HERE because she WANTED to be here to help where she could. I did not even know she was coming and by the end of the 10 hour day, she was just as filthy as the rest of us. 

Sometimes actions speak so much louder than words, don’t they?

As a life-long Republican, I am very upset with Karen Keith as her kindness, her generosity and the demonstration of her heart to serve creates a real dilemma for me as I can no longer vote a straight party ballot. I will be voting for a Democrat for the first time in 32 years.” 

"Openness, candor and forward vision"

Former Tulsa Mayor Bob LaFortune

Bob LaFortune

7/13/2020

Tulsa World editorial endorsement: Karen Keith has earned fourth term as county commissioner


Karen Keith is more than a county commissioner, although she’s a great county commissioner.

She also the community’s brightest booster, the government official willing to champion unpopular but important causes and a leader who is determined to make Tulsa and Tulsa County safer and more prosperous.
In December, the Tulsa World named her one of the 2019 Tulsans of the Year. How could we not endorse her for four more years as the District 2 county commissioner?

The former local news anchor was elected to the commission in 2008. She is seeking her fourth term, and she has earned it.
In her first three terms, Keith has proven that she can get things done. She was one of the driving forces behind amassing the political will to build the county’s Family Center for Juvenile Justice (opened in December). Amid controversy and rancor, she helped Iron Gate find a new home (now in operation). She led the county’s work on a plan to build low-water dams in the Arkansas River (approved by voters in 2016 and due to start construction in September).

In all of those projects, she showed herself to be a problem-solver and a coalition-builder. We wish the state had 200 more like her to put to work on the people’s business.
For years, she has been the leader on efforts to finance rebuilding the county’s World War II-era levee system that protects hundreds of homes, businesses and lives. She has provided the cohesive force that is now on the cusp of bringing together state, federal and local politicians and bureaucrats.

We are fans of Karen Keith, and we endorse her reelection with enthusiasm.

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Karen Keith has served as District 2 Tulsa County Commissioner since 2008.

I’m pleased and honored to offer my support for Commissioner Karen Keith during the upcoming general elections. Karen has done an exceptional job representing District 2 as well as our entire county. I think it is important for the voters of district 2 to recognize the work that she has done on a very consistent basis during her tenure in office and allow her to continue for four more years.
 
Persistent efforts to build a new juvenile center including a Family Court have come to fruition. I have no doubt that this would not have happened without her efforts. Tulsa has needed a new juvenile center for years and her hard work has finally made that happen. I applaud her for her diligence on that issue.
 
In addition, I was so impressed to visit Sand Springs the other day and noticed the bridge being built across the Keystone Expressway at 65th W. Avenue. I know this is for the completion of the Gilcrease expressway and that is something that has been in the works for decades.
 
When I was a county commissioner we begin acquiring the land for the right of way but we had no money to build the expressway. I know that some of my dear friends In the Berryhill community have legitimate concerns about the building through their community. I would encourage them to look at the future and what the completion of this Expressway will do for them. It certainly will bring many more people across the river and allow easy access to Sand Springs.  As I understand it, paved trails will be built on each side of the expressway. This will be a wonderful opportunity to exercise or just get out and take your dog for a walk. The anxiety about this is similar to a certain extent to the period during which we wanted to convert the Katy Railroad right of way from Sand Springs to Tulsa into a paved trail. There was a lot of concern and anxiety over the creation of a trail as some people believed in their backyard. They were concerned about vandalism and a host of other issues. Needless to say those issues have not materialized in any significant way and thousands of people enjoy that trail on a annual basis throughout Tulsa county.  
 
I have no doubt that in future years people will praise the completion of the Gilcrease expressway and the resulting development that has incurred on the west side of Tulsa county as a result of this new infrastructure.  Frankly I’m hopeful that it will help expedite the building of sewer lines in the Berryhill community. This has been a long-standing problem for many of the residents.
 
Karen Keith Is someone who gets things done for the most part behind the scenes. Sure, she has been a spokesperson for the county on issues such as COVID-19, flooding, and other important matters. However, most of the work gets done in a bipartisan way with Republicans as well as Democrats behind the scenes. I commend her for her ability to make that happen. The work that has been done on the levee system is another example of her efforts to Improve the west side of Tulsa.
 
She has worked with our republican congressional delegation to secure funding that will help us address flooding issues along with Levy.
She has so many accomplishments and the list just goes on and on.
 
Do yourself and Tulsa county a favor in November and vote for Karen Keith for district 2 county commissioner.
 
With gratitude,
John Selph

John Self, Former Tulsa County Commissioner