Voters in Bartlesville’s Ward 2 and Ward 4 will have to decide this November who they want to represent them on the City Council.
The filing period for candidates in all five Bartlesville City Council wards ended Wednesday with competitive races developing in two of the five wards.
In Ward 2, Vice Mayor John Kane did not file for re-election to another two-year term. Political newcomers Remona Colson and Paul Stuart filed declarations of candidacy to replace Kane on the City Council. Colson is an attorney, and Stuart is an accountant.
In the race for Bartlesville City Council Ward 4, incumbent Alan Gentges will face a challenge from Joel Rabin. Gentges was first elected to represent Ward 4 on City Council in 2016. Gentges is an attorney and Rabin is retired.
Gentges and Rabin previously faced each other in 2016. However, Rabin withdrew his 2016 candidacy just over two months prior to the election. Rabin’s name still appeared on the November 2016 ballot since he withdrew his candidacy after the deadline to remove his name from the ballot.
Even though Rabin did not campaign for the Ward 4 seat following his withdrawal, he still garnered approximately 46 percent of the vote, compared to Gentges receiving 54 percent.
Ward 1 City Councilor and Bartlesville Mayor Dale Copeland, Ward 3 City Councilor Jim Curd Jr., and Ward 5 City Councilor Trevor Dorsey are all unopposed.
Voters in Ward 2 and Ward 4 will head to the polls on Nov. 6. City Council terms are for two years.