Pawhuskans head to the polls

Robert Smith

Pawhuska voters headed to the polls Tuesday to participate in a city council primary election for the at-large seat on the five-member council.

There were four candidates — Byron Cowan, Rodger Milleson, Amber Nash and Steve Tolson.

The two candidates who received the most votes will go on to a runoff April 7 unless someone recieved a majority of the vote. If any of the four received 50 percent plus one, the issue was decided.

The weekly Journal-Capital went to press at mid-day Tuesday, before the election results were known.

Tolson, who is in the insurance and real estate businesses through the Tolson Agency downtown, is a 1980 graduate of Pawhuska High School. He has been a business owner for more than 33 years and said he believes in good planning and organization. Tolson said he would bring a structured approach to council service, and work to enhance the community’s assets.

Nash, who is a 1970 graduate of Pawhuska High School, is a retiree who worked for 28 years for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency. She had the opportunity, for three years, to represent her fellow employees in negotiations with the Farm Service Agency’s National Office, and says she has always wanted to run for Pawhuska City Council.

Milleson, a lifelong Pawhuskan, is the incumbent at-large member of the city council. He is completing a three-year term, and is the owner of Milleson Oil Field Service. Milleson explained that he thinks one of the most important things he has done as a city councilor is to make himself accessible to citizens who want to talk with someone about problems or questions.

Cowan is the principal of Pawhuska Elementary School, which currently serves about 160 children in grades 3-5. He also fills in as a school bus driver when needed. Cowan has lived in Pawhuska about five years and said he has put down roots in the community — by getting married and buying a home. Cowan said he’s tired of seeing city government in the news for negative things.