OK House District: HD 52
Party Affiliation: Republican
This candidate does not have a Democratic opponent and will therefore serve as the next Representative for this district.
A lot of people ask me what my “platform” is. I usually answer that with, “My intention is to honor and represent the people of this district.” However, I decided it would probably be a good idea to lay out some of my beliefs and goals.
I am a Christian man and a Conservative Republican.
I married my high school sweetheart and we have been married for almost 33 years. I grew up in Altus and have lived here practically all of my life except for the time I was gone to college. We have three grown/married children and five grandchildren who all reside and work in Altus.
I am a CPA in public practice for over 30 years and have dealt with businesses of all shapes and sizes. I feel the tools I have gained over that 30+ years will enable me to assist the state as it comes out of this very difficult economic time. Planning, forecasting, and budgeting are a lot of what I do every day in my business as well as looking into ways to be more efficient and cutting out waste.
I believe our number one issue in the short-term is the economy. Every other issue we have is funded (or not funded) by the state of the economy. If businesses are open and running well, they contribute to the state’s revenue along with the consumers. This generates the funding to cover our necessary core services.
The second issue I want to address is that we need to protect our Constitutional freedoms. This Covid crisis has shown that we have a lot of work to do in that area. It is important in times like these that we protect those that are more vulnerable, however, we must respect an individual’s freedom to operate their business and provide for their livelihood.
My third issue is that government is too big and wasteful. One of my foundational beliefs is that where fraud, abuse, and waste are possible, they are probable. I hope to work with other legislators and the state auditor in finding these cases of inefficiencies and using those results to assist in funding our government rather than raising more taxes and fees.
I am available for questions either by email or phone. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can help in some way. I want to stress that I am seeking the office to be a Representative for you not an office to which I have all the answers or an agenda to fulfill. It is difficult getting out to meet each of you due to the Covid restrictions as well as a full-time job assisting many taxpayers navigate this uncertain time. However, if you would like to visit face-to-face, let me know. We can meet outside and stay 6 feet apart. Some of my best conversations in life have taken place across a truck bed.