By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
The filing period the next four-year term opened Monday and will conclude from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today. Eligible residents file declarations of candidacy at the Canadian County Election Board, 200 S Bickford in El Reno. Any Yukon resident who is a registered voter can file for the at-large seat.
The first candidate to file at 9:07 a.m. Monday was Jeffrey Wootton, 37, of Von Elm Avenue. A Yukon High School graduate, Wootton is a middle school geography teacher with Yukon Public Schools and previously was a manager at Radio Shack.
Filing just 15 minutes later at 9:22 a.m. Monday was Ken Smith, 58, of Snowmass Avenue. Smith, who owns a construction company, was the Council’s at-large representative from 2011-15 and was mayor his last two years in office.
The third candidate to file Monday was Jim Davis, 71, of Cambridge Drive. Davis is retired after 27 years working for the federal government and spent 21 years with the Air Force and Navy Reserves.
Candidate Smith was defeated when he ran for re-election in 2015 by Earline Smaistrla, who plans to file Tuesday as she seeks a second term in the at-large position.
Smaistrla previously served 9-1/2 years representing Ward 1 on the city council. A Yukon resident since 1971, Smaistrla has worked 40 years in banking.
The current at-large term expires May 7, 2019.
The primary election will be Tuesday, Feb. 12. If a winner isn’t decided at the primary, a general election would be Tuesday, April 2.
Current Council members are: Mayor Mike McEachern, Ward 4; Vice Mayor Smaistrla, Ward 1; Donna Yanda, Ward 3; Shelli Selby, Ward 2; and Rick Cacini, Ward 1.
School Board Filing Period
Filing period opened Monday and will conclude from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today for Board of Education seats in all 11 Canadian County school districts. Eligible candidates will file at the Canadian County Election Board.
The post 4 office is up for election in independent school districts like Yukon. Jeff Behymer, who was appointed in July 2016 to complete an unexpired term, is the Yukon school board’s post 4 representative.
School board members are elected to serve five-year terms.
Piedmont’s George Fina, 80, filed at 8:28 a.m. Monday for the office 1 position on Canadian Valley Technology Center’s Board of Education.
The primary school election will be Tuesday, Feb. 12; and the general school election will be Tuesday, April 2.