Voters to choose new Ward 2 councilor

Robert Smith
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Pawhuska voters have one more election in which to participate before the membership of the City Council is determined for 2021. The election will be April 6 -- the Tuesday after Easter.

The only Pawhuska race on the ballot will be a Ward 2 general election contest between Susan Bayro and Amber Nash for the right to serve the final year of a three-year term that former Councilwoman Jourdan Foran won in April 2019. All Pawhuska registered voters are eligible to participate in the Ward 2 election.

Bayro led the way in the Feb. 9 primary, receiving 192 votes or 48.73 percent. Nash was second with 126 votes. Bruce Malone received 76 votes and was eliminated from the field.

Nash, a 1970 graduate of Pawhuska High School, is retired from the U.S.D.A. – Osage County Farm Service Agency, where she worked for 28 years. She represented local FSA employees in negotiations with the national office.

Bayro, who has a master’s degree in International Business, works as a strategic planner for the Osage Nation. Bayro has been involved in numerous projects designed to improve local infrastructure and bolster the area economy.

The runoff between Bayro and Nash will decide the third of three council seats that were on the ballot this year. In District 3, veteran councilor Mark Buchanan won a fresh three-year term, and in District 4 former councilor Rodger Milleson defeated Carrie Watters to win a three-year term.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 30. No excuse is needed in Oklahoma to vote by absentee ballot. If you have questions about voting by absentee ballot, contact the Osage County Election Board office at 918-287-3036, or send an email to

Early in-person voting for the April 6 election will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 1 and 2, at the Osage County Election Board office on Kihekah Avenue.

There will also be balloting April 6 in Wynona, where three candidates are on the ballot for municipal treasurer. The candidates are Amanda Stansberry, Cindy Thomas and Janet Delaney.

In Barnsdall, there will be a Ward 2 council race between J.D. Cole and Kevin Swan, and in Fairfax there will be three candidates vying for two seats on the Board of Trustees. The candidates are Charles Cartwright, Lonna Hutchison and Boa King Cox. In the Woodland (Fairfax) School District, incumbent Board of Education member Gabriel Graham will face Nichole Beavers for Office No. 1.