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Goodwin Seeks Seat on Council

Jerry Goodwin

TULSA–Jerry Goodwin, an educator, communications executive and community volunteer, will campaign for the District 1 seat on the Tulsa City Council.

“It’s our time. Our community has gone too long without access to what so many other districts have and receive,” he said.

“We need leadership that can forge relationships across the city and rebuild our community to serve all of its residents.”

“I plan to do that when elected to City Council for District 1,” the candidate said.

Mr. Goodwin is an assistant professor in journalism, communications and business at Tulsa Community College.

He is a former adjunct professor in marketing at the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies & Research at Langston University at Tulsa.

The City Council candidate has been a college professor for 20 years.

He is director of communications at Morton Comprehensive Health Services.

In that position, Mr. Goodwin oversees public relations and community engagement for the largest community health care system in northeastern Oklahoma.

Additionally, he is president of Goodwin & Grant, a public relations and diversity communications company founded in 2000.

The firm has represented a broad base of clients, including American Airlines, Morton Comprehensive Health Services, the Oklahoma Centennial Commission and the Public Service Company of Oklahoma.

The firm also has had clients who are former professional athletes, including John Stark and R.W. McQuarters.

Other clients corporations, organizations and individuals.

Prior to his current positions, Mr. Goodwin served as assistant to the publishers at The Oklahoma Eagle for 15 years.

As a community volunteer for more than 30 years, Mr. Goodwin has served on a variety of national and local boards of directors and commissions.

He currently is board secretary of the board of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission and is a board member of the City of Tulsa/Rogers County Port of Catoosa, on which he has served 25 years.

Mr. Goodwin is the first African-American to be appointed and the youngest to be named to that board.

As a member of the City Council, one of Mr. Goodwin’s key goals will be to boost economic development within Tulsa’s historic Greenwood District.

The candidate said his “It’s our time” philosophy “aims to further connect the district by unifying the interests of various business interests in the area, such as the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce and the Black Wall Street Chamber of Commerce.”

Mr. Goodwin is a board member of the Christian Ministers Alliance and the Oklahoma Family Empowerment Center.

He is a founding member of the Tulsa chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.

“Business, religious and non-profit communities within the district are not united to build a common agenda for the community,” he said.

“There is disunity because our leadership believes in disharmony and disruption rather than working toward togetherness and unity,” Mr. Goodwin added.

“I’m excited about the direction of Tulsa, but I do believe we can do more, especially in City Council District 1,” the candidate said.

“I want to shed light on the past,” he said, “but, more importantly, I want to bridge the gap in order to prevent future controversy and chaos within the district.”

“Nothing materially has been done to improve relations between the law enforcement community and the public other than to demonize the officers,” he said.

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