Guthrie to elect mayor, city council members

Guthrie voters will decide in April on a new mayor and three city council members. Six candidates are running for the three council seats.
BY JONATHAN SUTTON jsutton@opubco.com Modified: March 19, 2013 at 6:48 pm •  Published: March 20, 2013
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Guthrie's city government will be seeing some changes in the coming months, but there are some familiar faces in the mix.

City voters will elect a new mayor to succeed Chuck Burtcher on April 2, and six candidates are seeking three city council seats.

Mayoral candidates

Trey Ayers has served on the Guthrie City Council for six years and has been vice mayor the past four years.

He moved to Guthrie eight years ago from Edmond and works in real estate development for the Dominion Group.

He said he helped oversee the city's long-term budget, and one of his goals is promoting transparency in city government.

Ayers said he hopes he can provide leadership to help the city grow.

Mark Spradlin is a Marine Corps veteran and retired station manager for an Oklahoma City post office.

He has been retired since 2004. Using his skills as a gardener, Spradlin has run the Guthrie community garden for the past year. He said the garden donated more than 1,000 pounds of fresh produce to the food bank in 2012 and hopes to do more this year.

Spradlin said his goal is to get citizens more involved in city government by increasing outreach in the community.

His main motivation for running, he said, is to serve the community.

Council elections

Ward 1

John Wood has served four years on the council and is seeking a second term.

He has lived in Guthrie eight years and is a political science professor at Rose State College.

Wood said he has tried to promote transparency, improve infrastructure and work with neighborhood associations to keep aware of the city's problems.

Wood said his job teaching government has helped him be a better public servant. He said his main concern is solving problems in the city.

“This is a dollar a year job, and I don't do it for the money,” he said. “I do it because I feel like if I can solve problems, it's a success.”

Matthis Hathorne could not be reached for comment.

Ward 2


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