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March 31, 2013

Two vie for open Tahlequah council seat

Voters to select between NSU teacher and retired dentist

— Two men squaring off to fill a vacant city council seat in Tahlequah have been busy gearing up for Tuesday’s election.

Charles Carroll and Jonathan Wells are attempting to fill Jack Spears’ empty Ward 2 seat. Spears declined to run for re-election.

Carroll, a retired dentist and firefighter, said he’s excited to see how things work out Tuesday.

“It should be interesting,” Carroll said. “I know there’s been a lot of interest.”

Carroll said he’s stayed involved in local community affairs since his retirement. He’s been the chairman of the city’s planning commission for more than seven years.

His experience sitting in on city council meetings will be to his advantage, he said.

Wells, who teaches at Northeastern State University, has preached responsibility in dealing with money coming from a recent sales tax Tahlequah passed in January. The tax is expected to bring in more than $20 million.

“I know the more people I talk to, the more evident it is that people are concerned about this capital improvement tax,” Wells said. “They want to ensure the monies are spent in a responsible manner, that there’s fiscal responsibility.”

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or

Meet the candidates

OFFICE SOUGHT: Tahlequah Ward 2 councilor.

Charles Carroll

HOMETOWN: Tahlequah.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Washington University and Northeastern State University.

PROFESSION: Retired dentist, firefighter.

FAMILY: Three sons.

Jonathan Wells

AGE: 41.

HOMETOWN: Tahlequah.

EDUCATION: Northeastern State University.

PROFESSION: Teacher at NSU and Bacone College. Foreclosure business.

FAMILY: Wife, Holli, and four kids.

HOBBIES: Reading, gardening and staying knowledgeable about current criminal justice trends.

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