Tulsa city councilor will not run for re-election

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa City Councilor Kara Joy McKee announced Tuesday she will not seek re-election this year.

In a Facebook post, McKee said she is taking a step back after struggling with health issues and will focus on her health and family. She said she came to the conclusion last Wednesday.

“While I am confident that I would have the support of District 4 voters for another term, I know that I must put my health first – for myself, for my young daughter and all of my family, and for the long-term good of our community,” said McKee.

Dear Friends, Today I must announce that I will not be filing for reelection to city council this year. I have...

Posted by Tulsa City Councilor Kara Joy McKee on Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The district 4 city councilor was elected in 2018, and is a fourth-generation Oklahoman. She studied botany and anthropology at the University of Oklahoma.

McKee was on the selection committee for the Route 66 interpretive center, that selected Tulsa-based Sharp Development to build the mixed-use project, in May. She showed FOX23 where a new outdoor car vending machine will stand for the project.

In June 2021, McKee and other city councilors implemented meetings for public input on the I-244 bridge that cuts through Greenwood.

During her first term in 2019, McKee participated in a city council meeting, along with her newborn baby, Tsula Lew Perry-McKee.

“As for me, I have 6 more months in office to do the best I can with the big challenges we face,” McKee said. “One thing that gives me hope is that nothing I have ever accomplished as a councilor has been done alone, and District 4 is home to an excellent group of community leaders and volunteers who will continue that work after I leave office.”

Candidate filing for Tulsa’s City Council begins June 13.