Justin Turney announces for Pawhuska school board election


My name is Justin Turney and I am running for the Pawhuska School Board. My wife, Ashley, and I have been married for nearly six years. We have two children of our own. Our 5-year-old is currently attending Indian Camp Elementary and our 3½-year-old will be next year. In addition, we are the proud foster parents of wonderful 1-year-old twin boys, one with special needs. I am also the pastor at Pawhuska’s First Baptist Church.

My family and I truly love our community, and it is a great joy to be active in our community. If you’ve been to any of our high school football or basketball games, you may recognize me as the Voice of the Huskies. I am truly blessed to be able to serve in that capacity. Before I became the Lead Pastor here at Pawhuska, I served as a youth pastor in various places across our great state. I have had the privilege to see students from all backgrounds and home lives flourish and grow as student leaders and then eventually as community leaders when provided with an environment that presents positive opportunities for their development. My calling and my passion for students are what drive me to run for school board.

I believe that all students have the capacity to thrive when presented with care and opportunity. Our school district is making strides towards this endeavor. It deserves a school board that will encourage and support the administration to steer faculty, students, and families towards success. I have no doubts that Pawhuska can be a district that is known for excellence in its academics.

As a leader in my personal life, I believe the best leadership is transparent leadership. When our district is transparent about our successes, we celebrate them. When our district is transparent about our failures, we learn from them and grow towards success. In my life, I strive for a common-sense approach in my leadership and decision-making. I will seek to be an asset to our community and our school district by bringing that same kind of transparent leadership and decision-making to our school board. Vote for me on Feb. 9 and I will not just be the Voice of the Huskies…I will be A VOICE FOR THE HUSKIES!