2 file for 2 city seats, Holcombe will join council

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Steven L. Holcombe will be joining the Pawhuska City Council, which also is to have the continued service of five-year member Roger Taylor.

Holcombe, a 58-year-old local attorney, was the only candidate to declare for the Council’s Ward 2 seat when three-day filing period ended last Wednesday afternoon. Holcombe will serve a three-year term representing the city’s northernmost area.

Incumbent Ward 1 councilman Taylor filed without opposition for a second full term. Taylor, a former mayor, also was previously elected to a partial term. The city’s first ward covers a central section of the city.

Holcombe filed as a candidate last Monday and Taylor declared on Tuesday. The time period for contesting the candidacies expired late Friday afternoon.

The current City Councilman for Ward 2, Garen Kirk, was appointed in November 2014 following a resignation of longtime councilwoman Cathy Worten. A year ago, Kirk had been the only candidate to file as a candidate to complete the final year of her unexpired term.

Kirk’s decision to not re-file was partly due to the council’s changing the times for its regular monthly meetings from Monday to Tuesday. Last spring, after council members voted to make the change, Kirk — the father of two current Pawhuska High School athletes — told a Journal-Capital reporter that the newly-approved schedule would conflict with his desire to watch his children’s sporting competitions.