Council questions five candidates for Ward 4 position

Council questions five candidates for Ward 4 position

Five candidates for the Ward 4 position have thrown their hats into the ring.

At the city council meeting Monday night, it was announced that Craig Bowman, Grant Butler, Dawn Dyke, Matthew McDonald and Christopher Woods would be in consideration to replace the vacant seat left by former vice mayor Joshua Wedman. Each candidate attended the meeting and were subject to a question and answer forum from the council.

Four of the five candidates spoke. When called upon, Christopher Woods was inexplicably absent.

Craig Bowman currently operates a Farmers insurance agency. Bowman graduated from Missouri Valley College in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Bowman was a member of the Bond Oversight Committee from 2015 to 2018. He currently sits on the Planning Commission. He has been a football and wrestling programs volunteer since 2006.

Grant M. Butler graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Currently, Butler is the Volume Management Representative Senior at Williams Companies as well as the Chief Financial Office and Owner of Beair Medical Group.

Butler was a counselor for Camp Lo-Be-Gon day camp for children with type one diabetes. He served as an assistant coach for the Jenks Girls Softball Federation over the last year.

Matt McDonald graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2008. McDonald is currently employed at MGM Legal Services as Managing Attorney.

He is currently involved in the Brookwood Homeowners’ Association as Vice President.

Dawn Dyke graduated from Oral Roberts University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing. She later went on to get her Master of Science in education psychology from Oklahoma State University in 2015.

Dyke currently serves as the Special Education Compliance Coordinator of Epic Charter Schools. She was a LifeKids volunteer at Life.Church from 2005 to 2019. She was a coach for the Green Country Special Olympics from 2009 to 2018.

Christopher Woods graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Business with a Bachelor of Business Admindistration in 1996. Woods currently co-owns the law firm King Woods. Previously, he was employed at Crowe & Dunlevy from 2000 to 2018.

Woods was formerly a board member of the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of Eastern Oklahoma, the Arthritis Foundation of Eastern Oklahoma, and United Way Campaign Chair.

The city council will vote to decide who fills the vacant seat at the next city council meeting Nov. 18. 

Hayden Tucker

Hayden Tucker is the Sports Editor and Director of Media for the Jenks Tribune. He has three years of experience in newspaper journalism before joining the Tribune. Tucker was born in McAlester, then moved to the Oklahoma City area in 2010 where he lived for nine years prior to moving to Jenks.

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