By Van Mitchell
Special to The Sun
Voters in Guthrie will go to the polls April 2 to decide on a new mayor and three City Council races.
Erin Dorio, Logan County Election Board secretary, said polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. She said in-person absentee voting will be March 29 and April 1 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Logan County Election Board, at 224 E. Vilas Ave.
“There is a race in every ward plus the mayor so it’s going to be a city-wide election,” Dorio said.
Dorio said all races are non-partisan and the City Council races are for four-year terms while the mayor’s race is for a two-year term.
Voters will decide between current council member Trey Ayers, 41 and Mark Spradlin, 60 for mayor. Guthrie Mayor Chuck Burtcher decided not to run for re-election.
In the Ward I council race incumbent John Wood, 42, will face Matthis Hathorne, 71.
The Ward 2 race features Jeff Taylor, 55 and Brian Bothroyd, 49. They will replace Patty Hazlewood who did not seek re-election.
Ward 3 incumbent Gaylord Z. Thomas, 49, will face Linda Craddock, 68.
Dorio said to have races in all three wards and a mayoral race isn’t the norm.
“To get all three wards and mayor is unusual,” Dorio said.
Burtcher concurred and added it’s important for voters to make an informed decision about the candidates before voting.
“It’s been forever since we had anybody do that,” Burtcher said. “I think people need to take a long look at why people are running. We have an intelligent good voter base and I think they will take a long look at the candidates and the job the whole council has done. It’s never bad for more than one person to run.”
Dorio said there are 5,990 registered voters eligible to vote in the Guthrie races. She said voter turnout in most local elections is usually light.
“It is usually a little better than school elections but it isn’t what it should be,” she said. “I would encourage people to vote. You are just letting the minority make the decisions for you at that point.”