Mayoral, school bond issue election Tuesday
9/12/2013 1:16:21 PM
2/26/2015 11:27:02 AM
by Scott Cloud/Newkirk Herald Journal
Newkirk voters will to the polls Tuesday to decide a mayor’s race and a $4.4 million bond issue to build a new event center/safe room on the Newkirk High School campus.
In the mayor’s race, Michael Jones, Justin Beard, and Brian Hobbs are vying for the three year term seat, that presides over the Newkirk City Commission.
Current mayor Roy Chaney chose not to run for re-election.
All three mayoral candidates are new to the political arena. Jones is a retired City of Newkirk employee, Beard is a fireman in Ponca City, and Hobbs owns a local construction company.
If no candidate receives a 50 per cent plus one vote majority, a run-off will be held on April 7th.
Approval of the school bond issue would construct a new gymnasium/event center at Newkirk High School.
According to school officials, the $4.4 million issue would add an extra four years to the end of the current high school bond issue but would not raise ad valorem taxes.
The facility would be added to the current high school facility, built onto the high school common area to the north and just west of the high school parking lot.
A similar issue was defeated in August.
The bond election must receive 60 percent of the vote to be approved.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.