Chair Kristi Williams of the Greater Tulsa African American Affairs Commission (left); Mayoral Candidate Greg Robinson II (inner left); Dr. Tiffany Crutcher Founder of the Terence Crutcher Foundation and Chief Advisory for Greg Robinson’s campaign (inner right); District 1 City Councilor Vanessa Hall Haper (right) in front of the Tulsa County Electoral Board building on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Published 06/10/2020 | Reading Time 4 min 31
By BWSTimes Staff
TULSA, Okla. — Greg Robinson II, son of Tulsa Civil Rights leader Greg Robinson, announced his historic candidacy for Mayor of Tulsa today at the Tulsa County Election Board — a year out from the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.
The mayoral candidate, Robinson, 30, stood with long-time friend and chief campaign advisor Dr. Tiffany Crutcher. District 1 City Councilwoman Vanessa Hall Harper and Chair of the Greater African American Affairs Commission Kristi Williams also attended in support of Robinson.
“I am deeply committed to making this city one that I can be proud of, that my family can be proud of, that our little brothers and sisters of all races and ages and backgrounds can be proud of, that our ancestors can be proud of and that those who come after us can be proud of. This will be a campaign of we. This will not be a campaign of me. I am simply the one standing before us saying that ‘no longer will we accept getting half-measures. No longer will we accept empty promises designed to placate our calls for action. The time to be bold is now.’
I want all of my fellow Tulsans to know that I see you. To those who have lived their entire lives feeling their voices didn’t matter – I see you. To those who have grown accustomed to not being a priority – I see you. To those who have been made to feel that you weren’t good enough, qualified enough, important enough, never enough – I see you. To those determined to continue fighting despite the deck being stacked against you – I see you. And to those asking yourself ‘how can I do more?’ – I see you.
I’m calling on all of you to stand beside me as I fight for all of us. I’m calling on all of you to stand for a more equitable, safe, and inclusive Tulsa. I’m calling on all of you who have had an inkling in your stomach to say, ‘man – I really think things could be different if somebody just had the courage to lead us in a different way.’ I come to you today asking you to place a hand on my shoulder. With your support, change is possible.
And it is in that spirit that I am proud to announce my candidacy for Mayor of the City of Tulsa and humbly ask for the support of my fellow Tulsans,” Robinson said at today’s press conference.
The mayoral candidate has worked in the community for years before and after college. He has been strategic, persistent and devoted to public service as a community organizer for the METCares Foundation, and served on the Greater Tulsa African American Affairs Commission as chair. Robinson also serves on the 1921 Mass Graves Committee. His political experience and advocacy includes working on Mayor Kathy Taylor’s mayoral campaign and President Barack Obama’s and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaigns.
Robinson is joined on the campaign trail by his fiancée Katelyn Kramer, an educator at McLain High school and Teach for America alum. The newly engaged couple looks forward to one day starting and raising their family in Robinson’s hometown of Tulsa.
The primary for Tulsa’s mayoral race is Tuesday, August 25, 2020, and the general election is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Current Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum is the incumbent.
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