By Michael Pineda
There will be one seat on the Yukon City Council up for grabs in 2023.
During a meeting Tuesday night, the council approved a line item calling for an election for the at-large seat which is currently filled by Vice-Mayor Jeff Wootton.
A primary election will take place Feb. 14, 2023, with a general election scheduled for April 4, 2023. The winner of the election will serve a four-year term that expires in 2027.
An at-large candidate can live anywhere inside Yukon city limits and must be registered to vote.
The filing period for the office will begin at 8 a.m., Dec. 5, and close at 4:30 p.m., Dec. 7. Candidates for the position will file at the County Election Board, which is located at 200 S. Bickford Ave. in El Reno.
Wootton was elected to office in 2019 and is completing his first term on the council. In 2019, Wootton defeated incumbent Earline Smaistrla, earning more than 65% of the vote.
Following Tuesday’s meeting, Wootton said he intends to seek reelection.
“I’ve been honored to serve the city of Yukon for the last four years,” Wootton said. “In the last four years, we’ve been able to grow economic development and bring new businesses to Yukon, as well as improving our roads and infrastructure. I hope to continue improving more of our roads, including Garth Brooks Boulevard and 10th Street, as well as more economic development with the Frisco Interchange area.
“Our campaign will be kicking off soon with door knocking efforts, hoping to interact with as many of Yukon’s citizens as we can before the election.”