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Bynum announces former Inhofe adviser as campaign manager

Bynum announces former Inhofe adviser as campaign manager

Tulsa City Councilor G.T. Bynum announced his appointment of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe’s former state-policy adviser as his campaign manager Monday.
Bynum previously announced his intention to run for mayor and is preparing his campaign, which he said will hold its first fundraiser Wednesday and will kick off in coming weeks.
Michael Junk, the campaign manager, previously worked for former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn in Washington, D.C., before returning to Tulsa several years ago and working as Inhofe’s state-policy adviser.
“Right now we want to focus on kicking off our grass-roots organization in the next few weeks,” Junk said. “We want to bring in folks who want to volunteer and help with the campaign.”

By JARREL WADE - World Staff Writer

Tulsa City Councilor G.T. Bynum announced his appointment of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe’s former state-policy adviser as his campaign manager Monday.

Bynum previously announced his intention to run for mayor and is preparing his campaign, which he said will hold its first fundraiser Wednesday and will kick off in coming weeks.

Michael Junk, the campaign manager, previously worked for former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn in Washington, D.C., before returning to Tulsa several years ago and working as Inhofe’s state-policy adviser.

“Right now we want to focus on kicking off our grass-roots organization in the next few weeks,” Junk said. “We want to bring in folks who want to volunteer and help with the campaign.”

The tone of the campaign will be about building Tulsa’s future, Bynum said.

“My focus here is on running a campaign that unites Tulsa and focusing on big goals and making Tulsa a nationally competitive city — not playing small ball and coasting,” he said.

Bynum said he chose Junk because of his experience in political issues that Tulsa and the northeast Oklahoma region face.

Bynum and Junk, both alumni staffers of Coburn, said they met through other former Coburn staff members.

“I’m excited to have Michael leading our team,” Bynum said.

“Michael’s network and his knowledge of issues affecting our region will be an essential component of our efforts to unify and build a better Tulsa.”

Filing dates for mayor and other local races is April 13-15, with primaries on June 28.

Jarrel Wade 918-581-8367

jarrel.wade@tulsaworld.com

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