With both precincts in and all absentee and early votes counted, challenger Jourdan Foran appears to have unseated incumbent Ward 2 Councilman Steve Holcombe in a very tight Pawhuska City Council race. Unofficial totals show Foran with 220 votes and Holcombe with 212.
Results provided by the Osage County Election Board show Foran received 56 votes Tuesday at the Calvary Baptist Church precinct to 41 for Holcombe. At the Presbyterian Church, Holcombe received 127 votes and Foran received 122. In the category of absentee and early votes, Holcombe received 44 and Foran received 42.
The Journal-Capital solicited comments from both candidates about their reactions to the results. Both candidates responded.
“The voters have spoken and I congratulate Ms. Foran on a hard won victory,” Holcombe said. “I want to thank all of my supporters, not least of which my wife, Susie. We will continue to remain interested and invested in the future of Pawhuska.”
“I am grateful for all of the support I received throughout our campaign,” Foran said. “I am ready to listen, learn and work hard on behalf of all Pawhuskans.”
Asked if she had been at all surprised by the closeness of the race, Foran said: “I expected it to be a close race. That’s why I’m especially grateful for every single vote.”
Elsewhere Tuesday in Osage County, Barnsdall voters appear to have elected Johnny Curtis Kelley their new mayor. There were five names on the ballot for that office and unofficial totals show Kelley captured 157 of the 252 votes cast for mayor. His closest competitor was J.D. Cole, who received 52 votes.
In Wynona, voters were tasked with selecting two trustees from among three candidates who were on the ballot for the two seats. According to unofficial results from the county Election Board, Della Carter received 53 votes, Loretta Little received 34 votes and Jason Stansberry received 27 votes. Thus, it appears Carter and Little have won the two seats.