Moderate Tulsa mayor faces fierce political crosscurrents
August 23, 2020
By all accounts, Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum has been a fast-rising political star in Oklahoma.
Part of a political dynasty whose uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather all served as mayor of the state's second-largest city, the mild-mannered, bespectacled 43-year-old worked as a staffer for former U.S. Sens. Don Nickles and Tom Coburn, both GOP icons in the state.
He defeated a fellow Republican in the nonpartisan mayoral race in 2016 in part by reaching out to the city's Black community. Many assumed his reelection this year was all but automatic.
But as the election approaches Tuesday, Bynu...