Pawhuska is just under three weeks away from a city council primary election that will feature four candidates, so get ready to evaluate these people and decide who is best suited to represent your interests.


Incumbent at-large councilor Rodger Milleson will seek a new term, and he will be opposed by Byron Cowan, who is principal of Pawhuska Elementary School; Amber Nash, who worked for 28 years with the USDA-Farm Service Agency; and local insurance executive Steve Tolson, of the Tolson Agency.


Milleson recently survived a recall vote — a petition-based attempt to remove him from office — but this is a regular election for the at-large seat on the council.


The election is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 11, and voters wishing to cast their votes by absentee ballot can already apply to the Osage County Election Board for absentee ballots. See details in the “Around The County” section of the Pawhuska Journal-Capital, on page A3, regarding the process of applying for and receiving an absentee ballot.


The Pawhuska City Council is comprised of five seats, four of which are ward-based to the extent that the candidates must come from those wards. All Pawhuska registered voters can vote in all council elections.


The election Feb. 11 is for the at-large seat, meaning the candidates can come from all parts of the city. Whoever is elected will help to make important choices about issues such as the potential sale of the current city hall building, the future of economic development efforts in Pawhuska, and the guidance given to the city manager about the leadership and performance of city departments.