While he was still basking in the glow of victory for his role in the grassroots effort to form the coalition responsible for sending the recent river development plan back to the drawing board, Tulsa's district 3 Councilor Roscoe Turner told UTW that he's planning to stick around for a while longer.
He had previously been expecting to hang up his city councilor hat, but said he's now planning to run for re-election next year.
"There are a lot of things that haven't been completed, and we need to get the north community back in a state where they're recognized as a part of the City of Tulsa," said Turner in explanation of his decision to continue.
He said there are projects in the pipeline for his district that have been delayed, such as street repairs and finding funding for a soccer complex to be built in north Tulsa near Highway 75 and 56th St. North.
"If I'm not in the office, these things will disappear," he said.
Turner said he also needs to stay in office so he can work to reverse the negative view of north Tulsa.
"The crime isn't any worse here than in the rest of the city--they've got just as much crime at 61st and Peoria as we have in north Tulsa," he said.
"But, people are even telling black people not to come live in north Tulsa, so they're going to live in all these bedroom communities," he added.
So, Turner will continue his crusade for at least another term, if he wins his re-election bid.
"I'm sure I'll have the same opponent this time that I've always had," he said, referring to his long-time arch-nemesis, former district 3 Councilor David Patrick.
"We've been playing this game for years," said Turner.
Turner currently serves as the City Council chairman, and has been the 3rd District's representative at City Hall since 1998, except for a brief period between 2002 and 2004 when Patrick narrowly managed to unseat him.
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