Johnny Loard, a former prosecutor and current municipal judge and city attorney, has announced his intention to seek the Oklahoma Senate seat for District 14, which covers Carter, Love, Murray and part of Garvin counties. Loard will run as a Republican.

 


Johnny Loard, a former prosecutor and current municipal judge and city attorney, has announced his intention to seek the Oklahoma Senate seat for District 14, which covers Carter, Love, Murray and part of Garvin counties. Loard will run as a Republican.


“My wife, Carol, and I gave this decision much careful consideration. We confided in our faith, friends and community and decided this was the right thing to do,” he said. “I am running for the Senate, because I believe in the people of this district and I believe in being involved in the community that has given me and my family a wonderful life. Southern Oklahoma is a great place to live and raise a family, but there are serious challenges that must be faced. I have seen our state government in action. I know that we can do better, and I have the experience to make a difference.


“My brother and I were taught from an early age the importance of public service and giving back to your community,” he said. “Dad was a volunteer fireman and a reserve sheriff’s deputy. Mom was a den mother and Little League coach.


“I was born and raised here, and after completing my education, I chose to come back home and raise my family here,” he said. “I served in the District Attorney’s Office for 13 years in both Carter and Murray counties. My wife has been a special education teacher for 19 years, first in Sulphur and then at Lone Grove. I have seen first-hand the struggles our teachers face and the difference they can make in a child’s life. Education will be a top priority for me, and I will fight to support our students and educators while in the Senate.”


Loard, who was named State Prosecutor of the Year in 2005 by the Association of Oklahoma Narcotics Enforcers, said that his experience as a prosecutor has given him the ability to make the tough decisions needed in the Senate.


“As a prosecutor, I saw first-hand the damage that can be done to families by drugs and domestic violence and the lasting impact it can have on children,” he said. “As a father and a coach, I have seen the amazing things our children can accomplish in a loving home, free from drugs and violence.”


Loard pledges to work tirelessly in the Senate to build a foundation for a better future for the children of southern Oklahoma.


“I believe it all starts with a nurturing environment in the home,” he said. “Then, we must ensure that each child receives the best possible education. That means keeping our quality teachers here in Oklahoma and giving them the tools and resources to perform at their best.  Finally, there must be a strong economy with well-paying jobs in this area, so that our young men and women do not have to leave this area to have the futures they deserve.”


Loard says that he believes this is where a limited roll for government comes into play.
“The State needs to tax less and regulate less in order to allow business and particularly small businesses the opportunity to grow and flourish. We should offer incentives for companies to locate here, and we must eliminate those issues that discourage growth in Oklahoma. That is how you create jobs and better lives for the people of this area.”


Loard has served at both the local and statewide level. He served for three years on the District Attorney’s Legislative Committee,  is the past president of the Carter County Domestic Violence Task Force, and is a member and past board of director for the Lone Grove Kiwanis Club.  He is an honor graduate of Leadership Ardmore, currently serves on the Board of Directors for Sunshine Industries and is currently serving his third year as president of the C/SARA Foundation.

Loard has coached little league baseball and football teams since 2003.


Born and raised in Lone Grove, Loard graduated from Lone Grove High School. He attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating with a degree in political science with an emphasis in law enforcement. Loard earned his Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law.


Johnny and his wife, Carol, have been members of the First Methodist Church in Ardmore for 11 years. They have two sons, Austin, 11, and Clayton, who is almost 2.


State Sen. Johnnie Crutchfield represents District 14 now but will not be running for reelection because of term limits.