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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Brian Bothroyd works for Westel, a telecommunications company, and has lived in Guthrie 18 years. He said he is running for city council to try to make Guthrie a place where young people, such as his two daughters, would like to come to live and stay.

He said his experience working with infrastructure and in mediations will help improve the city.

Bothroyd said his goals are to “grow, improve and beautify” Guthrie.

Jeff Taylor is a rural mail carrier and has lived in Guthrie his entire life.

He served on the Guthrie school board for four years and one the hospital board for one year.

Taylor said he has decided to run after being asked for years. He said his main concerns are with infrastructure in the city, including rural roads and the city's water.

“I'm going to be working for the people,” Taylor said. “If they want to call me, they should feel free to. I will listen to what people want, and I will take it to the council and see what can be done.”

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Linda Craddock is a retired English professor and has lived in Guthrie more than 35 years. She currently works at the OSU extension office in Guthrie and volunteers at Mercy Hospital.

Craddock said people in Guthrie asked her to run for the council. She said the city council should serve the people, but that role has been reversed in recent years.

“People are just not happy,” she said. “People want to be heard, and I think I will help them to be heard.”

Gaylord Thomas is also running for re-election after serving four years on the council.

He retired from the Air Force eight years ago and moved to Guthrie, though he is originally from Indiana. He worked on the planning commission before being elected to the council and wrote the council's code of ethics.

He said he thinks the citizens have taken note of the city's progress over the past four years and the council deserves credit for that progress.

“We've been doing the necessary things to make the city grow in the right direction,” he said. “I think people are happy with the way we do business.”

He said if re-elected, he hopes to continue striving for progress.

“I don't consider myself to be a politician, just someone who gets things done,” he said.



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