OK House District: HD 5
Party Affiliation: Republican
Candidate West does not have a Democratic opponent and will therefore serve as the next Representative for this district.
A District 5 Native:
Josh and his wife Elizabeth, who is also a veteran that served in the U.S. Air Force, have four children: Ethan, 8, Walker, 7, Katie, 2, Aubrey, 1. West graduated from Grove High School in 1995. He then attended Missouri Valley College on an athletic scholarship before deciding his mission was to serve in the U.S. Army. West understands the importance of the agriculture industry to our local area and for the last four years he has worked in management for Simmons Foods. West is a member of Elk River Baptist Church and has been a little league coach for his son’s baseball team for four years and is currently a coach with the Grove 3rd Grade football team.
Decorated Combat Veteran:
Josh West served in the U.S. Army for nine years including deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of the War on Terror. On October 16,2003 during a combat patrol in Iraq, West came under fire while protecting innocent civilians from enemy combatants. During the firefight West was shot numerous times, but continued directing suppressive fire on the insurgents and assisted in removing his Battalion Commander to safety after he was wounded. For his actions West was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for Valor.
A Constitutional Conservative:
Josh knows first-hand that freedom isn’t free and that we must be vigilant to ensure our elected representatives do not impose upon our freedoms at home. Josh will be a strong voice for limited government and less regulation that stifle small businesses. We can count on Josh to fight for our Second Amendment rights and the life of the unborn. Josh will be a champion for education and protect our traditional Oklahoma values.
Funding for Rural Hospitals
When Josh was shot multiple times in Iraq while defending our country, he experienced firsthand the importance of close and competent emergency care. It’s just one of the reasons Josh keeps fighting to increase funding to our rural public health system, helping ensure their doors remain open for you.
Access to Emergency
If you’ve ever been injured on the job or delivered a baby, you know how critical it is to have a hospital and doctor close by. Josh believes our friends and family should never pay outrageous prices due to life-threatening injury, preventing care at the most important time.
Jobs for the community
Josh knows a lack of facilities and medical professionals hurts our local economy and job opportunities. Rural hospitals are a source of high-paying jobs in our communities and access to healthcare is an important tool for recruiting new businesses to our area.
Josh and his wife, Elizabeth, have four really good reasons to support Oklahoma’s education system: Ethan (12), Walker (11), Katie (6) and Aubrey (3). The West family are all products (or will be) of public schools. But Josh knows the issue is bigger than his family; it’s about your children and grandchildren, too. It’s also about supporting our teachers and schools. And creating a brighter future for all 38,237 of us living in District 5.