TULSA - Ask the two remaining mayoral candidates what they think of Tulsa's new nonpartisan election process, and you'll get two very different answers.
Republican incumbent Dewey Bartlett doesn't like it, and doesn't mince words about it either.
"To me, a partisan election does give everybody a good understanding of what one's general political philosophy is," he told KRMG. "I think a partisan election is better."
And he thinks Tulsa needs to consider changing its mind about altering the city charter.
"In the past we have, we as a city, we've made decisions in our charter and then after seeing how they are implemented, and seeing what the unintended consequences of that decision resulted in, we've changed our mind and gone back to where we were before. We've done that before, so I think that might be a good thing for us to visit," he added.
Democrat and former Mayor Kathy Taylor disagrees.
"I love the nonpartisan, because at the local level politics really don't play a part in keeping our city safe, in a good education system, in making sure infrastructure is good," she told KRMG.
"The nonpartisan election was recommended by a committee that Mayor LaFortune put together that reported out while I was mayor, and I fully support that. I hope we keep that, and I hope we make it even more nonpartisan, people really looking at leadership issues, vision for the future of the city, not partisan politics, not national policy."
Both said they think the new election cycle's too long, making it costly and harder for the incumbent to do his or her job while campaigning at the same time.