Tolson elected to Pawhuska BOE

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

Mike Tolson was certified as the winner of last week’s Pawhuska Board of Education election on Friday.

In the Feb. 9 voting, Tolson was selected on 333 ballots. The other candidate in the election, Jeffrey Swan, received 67 votes.

Final results from the Osage County Election Board showed Tolson was favored in both local precincts after absentee voters had staked him to an early advantage, 57-6. The winning candidate was named a slightly more than 83 percent of the ballots.

The election was for a full five-year term in School Board Office No. 1. Tolson will replace departing member Lori Loftis, who served on the local board for eight years. Loftis had publicly endorsed Tolson for the position.

On the night before the election, Loftis participated in what apparently will be the final meeting of her board term. It was a marathon session which lasted more than five hours.

Tolson is a 1978 Pawhuska High School graduate who resides locally while maintaining a law office in Tulsa. Over the past few years, he has been active as a Pawhuska Chamber of C0mmerce board member and has also served on other civic and school-related organizations. Tolson is co-chairman of a seven-member committee that has been studying issues related to the Osage County Courthouse as well as efforts to rejuvenate downtown Pawhuska.