OK Senate District: SD 17
Party Affiliation: Libertarian
Greg Sadler is a Libertarian Candidate for Oklahoma Senate District 17.
Who is Greg Sadler? Greg is a simple country boy from Newalla who loves Oklahoma.
He lives in Newalla with his wife and three boys. Greg is NOT a career politician; he is just an ordinary citizen who is frustrated with the direction Oklahoma is currently going.
“Our government is growing, our taxes are growing and our freedoms are being whittled away.”
Greg grew up on a cattle farm and is no stranger to hard work.
“I would like to step up to the plate and fight this assault on our freedoms and bring back a common sense approach to our freedoms.”
Greg has worked for a local printing company for the last 20 years.
He knows the meaning of hard work.
He is not a politician.
He believes strongly in small government, low taxes, and giving people the freedom to live their lives as they see fit.
“As a senator for the people of District 17 I vow to keep in touch with the people and explain every single vote in detail. I would like to have the opportunity to become the hardest working senator at the Capitol.”
1. Who is someone who has inspired you, either personally, professionally or historically? And what about them makes them inspiring?
My dad. He is an unassuming farmer who taught me almost every life lesson I know. He is inspiring because of his down to earth common sense and his ability to identify with almost anyone he meets.
2. If you could change one thing in Oklahoma, what would that one thing be? And how would you do it?
If I could end anything in Oklahoma, I’d end the duopoly of republican/democrat voting and open up ballot access for Libertarians, independents, etc.
3. What issue do you wish voters knew more about?
I wish people knew more about ballot access laws and how the best and brightest are discouraged from running for office unless the follow the strict guidelines of the republicans and democrats.
4. If elected, what legacy do you hope to leave for Oklahoma?
If elected I’d become the first Libertarian in the Oklahoma Legislature. My legacy would be opening up our government for political outsiders and in turn giving more options to the people of Oklahoma.
– What steps will you take to ensure equal access to voting rights for all, including the elderly, disabled, and impoverished?
I believe in alternative forms of voting like absentee or mail in voting. Technology has changed so for us to not allow voting methods to change would be foolish. I truly believe some day we will vote electronically whether that’s by home computer, smart phone or technology that has not yet been invented yet.
– What experience have you had with discrimination or prejudice, and how do you plan to use your platform to end the unjust treatment of people based on their race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender identity/orientation, religion, class, etc.?
I do not tolerate discrimination of any kind. We still have a long way to go when it comes to equality and giving everyone the same opportunities in life. (This does not mean government intervention by the way.) We as a society need to realize that everyone is different, there is no one “right way to live” and protect the rights of individuals rather than the whims of the majority.
– What are your thoughts on gerrymandering, and do you think politicians should be allowed to draw their own district lines?
I don’t believe that politicians should be able to draw their own district lines. In general politicians seem to abuse things like this, l prefer less power for politicians and more power for the people.
Gun violence and the Second Amendment:
– What can elected officials do to end the epidemic of gun violence in Oklahoma, and how can you use your platform to protect children and families while still recognizing Second Amendment rights?
I believe strongly in the 2nd amendment. I believe we would be safer when it comes to gun violence if more people had proper firearms training, that should not be a government mandate however. This is another area where I don’t believe government can provide a great deal of help. When it comes to gun violence we really need to look at mental health and our view of it in this country. It needs to be less of a taboo. We have too many people afraid to reach out for help when it comes to mental health. When untreated mental health issues only get worse like any other any other illness. Gun violence often involves people who are not mentally stable.
– How do you think Oklahoma became the incarceration capitol of the world? What do you think is needed to reduce our overburdened jai/prison population and make our criminal justice system more humane?
Oklahoma became the incarceration capital of the world because of the war on drugs and our desire to legislate morality. Oklahomans are the hardest working, kindest, more generous people I’ve ever met. It saddens me to think about how many of our citizens we are locking up in cages. We need to reform our criminal justice laws and stop locking people up for victimless crimes. It’s been proven that harsh laws do not deter people from breaking the laws. We need to take a hard look at the laws we currently have on the books and abolish those that have no victims.
As a member of the senate I will only vote for bills that decrease government and protect our freedoms. You know how to best live your life, not the government. Government should intervene less and every time it’s possible, we should defer to the free market and to individual initiative instead of imposing new laws. By letting the government grow we are allowing our liberties to be taken away one by one. Year after year it seems as if our government cries for more tax revenue. I say enough! Our founding fathers never envisioned a system where people would pay 30%, 40% or even 50% of their income in taxes. No wonder people are living paycheck to paycheck! 2020 has already been a challenging year. We have all had to tighten our belts and do more with less. Shouldn’t your government do the same? If you want to start your own business you shouldn’t have to ask the government for permission; whether you want to cut hair, do nails, or drive Uber these are industries that do not need to be regulated by the government. Why pay for expensive regulations when all you want to do is make a living and take care of your family?
This is simple. The second Amendment ensures all Americans the right to bear arms and that right shall not be infringed. I oppose all laws that restrict the ability of honest, peaceful citizens to purchase and keep any firearm they wish.
I believe in free-market education where parents, teachers, and students, not the government, should make their own choices on education. One-size-fits-all education, as mandated by the Department of Education, is holding Oklahoma’s children back. Every child is different. Every community is different. Whether you believe in public school, private school, charter school, or home schooling this is your choice.
America is a country of immigrants, and we celebrate that diversity. Immigrants should come to the United States legally, and illegal immigration should not be rewarded. I will fight to block sanctuary cities from being established in Oklahoma for illegal immigrants, yet support those who come here legally.
Taxes & Regulations
Americans deserve to keep more of their hard-earned money. Taxes are too high and unfair. We must eliminate the death tax, continue to work to lower taxes, and eliminate burdensome regulations. Our state government needs to be more responsible and cut wasteful spending. Our children should not inherit our debts.