Sean Oliver has served his country in the Army reserves and Army National Guard and now wants to serve the citizens who live in House District 49.

Sean Oliver has served his country in the Army reserves and Army National Guard and now wants to serve the citizens who live in House District 49.

Oliver is the Republican candidate for the Oklahoma House of Representatives seat that had been filled by Terry Hyman. The Democratic representative planned to run for another term but died in a farming accident in June.

House District 49 includes portions of Carter, Love and Marshall counties.

Oliver, 37, lives with his wife and daughter in Marshall County. He is a contract engineer in the telecommunications industry and was a member of the Oakland city council in 2005. He was on active duty with the military from 2006 through early 2008.

“I did two tours in Iraq back to back. I left there on the 15 of May,” he said. “My whole family has been in the military.”

With many veterans coming home from the Iraq War, he believes government funding for the state’s veterans and guardsmen needs to be increased.

“This year’s state budget didn’t have an increase for the Veterans Administration, and the National Guard’s budget actually got cut,” he said.

Oliver said he is also concerned about the number of serious accidents that have occurred on roads and highways in the district. The federal government needs to complete the project to widen U.S. Highway 70, and the state should move forward with its plans to widen State Highway 199 in the Dickson area to a five-lane highway, he said.

“I want to see the roads completed,” he said. “My primary concern is safety.”

Tourism is vitally important to the residents of the district, and with major development projects scheduled in Lake Murray State Park and on former state park land east of Kingston, the area is poised to grow substantially in the future.

“The most important thing is water,” he said. “I want to see us grow at a controlled rate.”

Tax incentives could attract business from Texas, and the increased sales tax revenue could help local residents, Oliver said.

He also believes that lower taxes would encourage retirees to move from Texas to Oklahoma. He also supports expanding vision and dental services for the elderly in nursing homes.

Oliver said if elected, he will work to get a new state park established in the district near Lake Texoma. He also favors workers’ compensation reform.

“Right now, I don’t believe it is fair for either the employee or employer,” he said. “We need to fix it so it is fair to both parties.”

He supports adequately funding local schools and pledged to support the issues that are most important to the majority of the district’s residents.

“You will always see me in the district. I will be active in the community,” Oliver said. “I am going to be working for what the people want.”

Steve Biehn, 221-6546

Editor’s note: A profile of Oliver’s opponent, Samson “Sam” Buck, is scheduled to appear in Thursday’s Ardmoreite.