Education

Pawhuska School Board election results determined with one vote

A close-call Pawhuska School Board election ended with Tom Boone (Osage) losing his bid at a second term – by one vote.

In the Feb. 10 election, Boone lost to fellow Pawhuska resident Patricia Wilson after she earned 50 percent of votes cast – plus one single vote needed to win the election, according to the Osage County Election Office. Three candidates ran for the single board seat, which could’ve prompted an April runoff election.

With the 50 percent-plus-one vote win for Wilson, there will be no April runoff election for the seat on the five-member school board, which carries a five-year term.

The Election Office certified the results on Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. after receiving no challenges to the results. Those results are: 475 people voted with Wilson receiving 239 votes; Boone receiving 213 and third candidate Matthew V. Gray (Osage) received 23 votes.

With Boone out, that leaves Justin Sellers as the sole Osage serving on the Pawhuska School Board.

Osages serving on other school boards in the Osage Nation’s jurisdiction include:

  • Rhonda Wallace and Fi Davis serve on the Hominy School Board. Wallace ran unopposed in the Hominy school board election also held Feb. 10.
  • Kari Fish, John Shaw and John Watts serve on the Woodland (Fairfax) School Board. Watts also ran unopposed in that board’s Feb. 10 election.