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April 3, 2013

Carroll wins open Ward II Tahlequah City Council seat

BOYNTON — Charles Carroll said his new role as Ward II City Councilor in Tahlequah will take “a lot of adjustment.”

Carroll edged out Johnathan Wells on Tuesday to win the Ward II seat, left vacant when Jack Spears declined to run for re-election.

“Well, I’m the new kid on the block,” Carroll said. “There’s a lot of terminology and things that I have no earthly idea about, so I’ll have a lot of learning to do.”

Carroll garnered 329 votes, or 51.3 percent, to Wells’ 317 votes, or 48.7 percent, a narrow margin that had even Carroll sweating.

“It certainly came down to the wire,” said Carroll, a retired dentist and firefighter.

Carroll said his short-term goals were mainly to get a handle on his new duties.

“Really, right now, I want to work on increasing my knowledge and getting a feel for what I’m going to be doing,” Carroll said.

Long-term, Carroll said he would like to ensure the $21 million sales tax Tahlequah passed in January is “handled correctly.”

“I think all of us agree the sales tax is a big thing that needs to be dispersed in a meaningful manner,” Carroll said. “Over $20 million that’s going to be dispersed in numerous ways. That’s the biggest goal to be achieved is to see that it’s dispersed in the fairest and most beneficial way.”

Carroll will be sworn in May 6 and will begin work the next day.

“I’m eager to get to work and see what I’m in for,” Carroll said.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or

Tahlequah City Council

Ward II — Charles Carroll, 329 votes, 51.3 percent; Jonathan Wells, 312, 48.7 percent.

Source: Unofficial results posted by the Oklahoma State

Election Board.

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